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Go To Sea No More


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When first I landed in Frisco Bay  I went upon a stray
Me money alas, I spent it fast Got drunk as drunk could be
And when that me money was all gone 'Twas then I wanted more
But a man must be blind to make up his mind
To go to sea once more

I spent the night with Angeline Too drunk to roll in bed
Me watch was new and me money too
In the morning with them she fled
And as I walked the streets about
The whores they all did roar
There goes Jack Strapp the poor sailor lad,
He must go to sea once more

And as I walked the streets about I met with the Rapper Brown
I am him for to take me on And he looked at me with a frown
He said last time you was paid off With me you got no score
But I'll give you a chance and I'll take your advance
And I'll send you to sea once more.

He shipped me on board of a whaling ship
All for the Arctic Seas Where cold winds blow through the frost and snow
And your make your own blood freeze
But worst to bear I had no hard-weather gear
For I'd spent all me money on shore
'Twas then that I wished that I was dead
And could go to sea no more

So come all ye bold seafaring men Who listen to me song
When you come of them long trips I'll have you not go wrong
Take my advice drink no rum And don't go sleeping with them whores
Get married instead and spend all night in bed
And go to sea no more

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.