27 July 2011 0 Comments

Larry Marr (Five Gallon Jar)

In ‘Frisco town there lived a man and Jack Marr was his name;
And in the days of the Cape Horn Trade, he played the Shanghai game.
His wife’s name was Mary Ann, sailors knew both near and far;
An’ when they [played the Shanghai game, the used the big stone jar.

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In the Old Virginia Lowlands, Lowlands Low
In the Old Virginia Lowlands Low.

The pair thcy played the Shanghai game, wuz known both near an’ far
They nevcr missed a lucky chance to use the big stone jar.

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A hell-ship she wuz short o’ hands, o’ full red-blooded tars,
Missus an’ Larry would prime the beer in their ol’ big stone jar.

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Shellbacks an’ farmers jist the same sailed into Larry Marr’s,
And sailed away around the Horn, helped by the big stone jar.

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In ‘Frisco town their names is known, as is the Cape Horn Bar,
An’ the dope they serve out to ol’ Jack, from the big stone jar.

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From the Barbary Coast steer clear, me boys, an’ from ol’ Larry Marr,
Or else damn soon shanghaied ye’ll be by Larry’s big stone jar.

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Shanghaied away in a skys’l-ship around Cape Horn so far,
Goodbye to all the boys and girls and Larry’s five gallon jar

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