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Paddy Get Back


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I was broke and out of a job in the city of London

I went down to Shadwell docks to get a ship

Paddy get back take in the slack

Heave away the capstan, heave a pawl heave a pawl

'Bout ship and stations and be handy

Rise tacks and sheets and mainsails haul

There was a Yankee ship laying in the basin

And they told me she was going to New York ... CHORUS

If I ever lay my hands on that shipping master

I'll murder him if it's the last thing I do....CHORUS

When the pilot left the ship way down the channel

 Oh the captain told us we were going 'round Cape Horn ...CHORUS


The mate and the second mate belong in Boston

And the captain hailed from Bangor down in Maine...CHORUS

The three of them were rough and tumble fighters

When not fighting amongst themselves they turned on us...CHORUS

They called us out one night to reef the topsails

Not a man in the bunch could sing a song... CHORUS


We are tinkers we are tailors and the fireman also cooks

And they couldn't sing a shanty unless they had the books... CHORUS


 Wasn't that a bunch of hoodlums

For to take a ship 'round Cape Horn...CHORUS 

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.