27 July 2011 0 Comments

The Limejuice Ship

1. Now, if ye want a merchant ship to sail the seas at large,
Ye’ll not have any trouble if ye have a good discharge,
Signed by the Board o’ Trade an’ everything exact,
For there’s nothin’ done on a Lime juice ship contrary to the Act.

[Chorus]

So haul boys yer weather mainbrace an’ ease away yer lee
Hoist jibs an’ tawps’ls lads an’ let the ship go free,
Hurrah, boys, hurrah! We’ll sing this Jubilee,
Damn an’ legger the Navy, boys,
A merchant ship for me!

2. Now when ye join a merchant ship ye’ll hear yer Articles read.
They’ll tell ye of yer beef an’ pork, yer butter an’ yer bread,
Yer sugar, tea, an’ coffee, boys, yer peas an’ beans exact,
Yer limejuice an’ vinegar, boys, according to the Act.
[Alternative last line: For what’s the use of growlin’ when ye know yer get yer whack.]

[Chorus]

3. No watch an’ watch the first day out, according to the Act.
Ten days out we all lay aft to get our limejuice whack.
Fetch out her handy billy, boys, and clap it on the tack,
For we gonna set the mains’l, oh, according to the Act.

[Chorus]

4. It’s up the deck, me bully boys, with many a curse we go,
Awaiting to hear eight bells struck that we may go below.
Eight bells is struck, the watch is called, the log is hove exact;
Relieve the wheel an’ go below, according to the Act.

[Chorus]

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