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I Popped Out


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I used to be a sailor, I sailed upon the sea,
And when I was at home my wife was very good to me,
But I commenced to worry and to wonder what she'd do,
When I was off a-sailing out upon the ocean blue

 What if I popped out and I caught her unawares,
Popped out sudden from the cupboard in the stairs,
Popped out, popped up  and took her by surprise,
Sometimes me boys it's better to be ignorant than wise

I kissed me wife goodbye and told her I was bound to sail
Upon a Yankee whaling ship they called the Horse's Tail
I told her I'd return again in six months or a year
Then I hid myself beneath the stairs to see what should appear

If I popped out and I caught her unawares
Popped out sudden from the cupboard in the stairs
Popped out, popped up, popped aloft to see
If my little wife was mis-rable and lonely without me

Well, first there came the cabin boy, and then there came the cook
She had them by appointment in a red appointment book
The bosun piped himself aboard, and played a merry tune
last there came the captain with his bloody great harpoon

Then I popped out and I caught them unawares
Popped out sudden from the cupboard in the stairs
Popped out, popped up, and popped them out the door
And I vowed an oath I never would go sailing any more

Now let this be a warning to all you jolly tars
Who leave your wives at home to go off sailing near and far

Myself, I'm a greengrocer now, my flat's above me shop
And any time I have the chance it's up the stairs I pop

Yes I pop up and I catch her unawares,
I pop her in the parlor and I pop her on the stairs
Pop in, pop out, and pop back to the till
And you can take your bloody sailing ships, and
pop them where you will

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.