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Drunken Sailor


This song is a sea shanty. Sea shanties were work songs. Folk songs of the sailors. Books of songs are available but you can get the music for the song here. There are books of sea shanties available on the sailorsongs sea shanty store. On the compact disc recording of this sea chanty song I have used a lot of different musical instruments. One nice thing about being here is the link to the store where you can buy recordings of my two cd's as either regular compact discs of sea shanties or download the songs individually. Also available are recordings of sea shanties or sea chanties as they are sometimes called by other folk singers and chantymen. The lyrics for those folks who don't need the sheet music. Sing sea shanties by the seashore, it's good fun! Hear a sample of the song using the device in the Sea Shanty Store. Recorded by Roger Chartier on his Sailor Songs CD

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What’ll you do with a drunken sailor   

What’ll you do with a drunken sailor

Em                                                       D               Em 
What’ll you do with a drunken sailor early in the morning

(1)   Put  him in the longboat till he gets sober  (3 times)
early in the morning

Em                                   D
Hi ho and up she rises,    Hi ho and up she rises

Em                                D                 Em
Hi ho and up she rises early in the morning
  (To the TOP)

(2)  Put him in the bilge and make him drink it  (3 times)  Early in the morning

(3)  Tie him to the scuppers with the hose pipe on him  (3 times) Early in the morning

(4)  Shave his belly with a rusty razor  ( 3 times) Early in the morning

(5)  Keel haul him till he’s sober  ( 3 itmes)
Early in the morning

(6)  Heave him by the leg in a running bowline  ( 3 times) Early in the morning

(and many more verses)

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.