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Bobby Shaftoe


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Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea,

Silver buckles at his knee;

He'll come back and marry me,

Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.


Bobby Shaftoe's bright and fair,

Combing down his yellow hair,

He's my ain for ever mair,

Bonny Bobby Shaftoe

Bobby Shaftoe's tall and slim,

he's always dressed so neat and trim,

The lassies they all keek at him,

Bonny Bobby Shaftoe...


Bobby Shaftoe's gett'n a bairn,

For to dandle on his airm,

On his airm and on his knee,

Bobby Shaftoe loves me...


The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.