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The Common Sailor


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I'm the man before the mast That ploughs the raging sea  
And on this simple subject Will you please enlighten me 

Common sailors we are called Come tell me the reason why 
And on this simple subject I'll reply 

CHORUS sung after each verse 

Don't you call us common sailors anymore 
Don't you call us common sailors anymore 

Good things to you we bring  Don't you call us common men 
We're as good as anybody that's on shore 

The young girls of this country Their growing days we bless 
We brings them silks and satins Out of which they makes a dress 

To gain the heart of some young man As fancy dresses do 
Don't never despise the sailor boys That sails the ocean blue  

The young gents of this country They're sitting at their ease 
Not thinking on the stormy nights That we spent on the seas 

We brings the leaves to make cigars To decorate their face 
They wouldn't call us common If they were sometimes in our place 

When speaking of a man ashore We never hear you say 
He's a common this or common that Be his calling what it may 

Be he a traveling tinker Or a scavenger, or a sweep
Then why call us common sailors Who battle with the deep

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.