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The Landlady of France


courtesy of - A drop of Brandy O written sometime in the 1700's

A landlady of France loved an officer, 'tis said

And the officer he dearly loved his brandy-o.

Now said she "I dearly love this officer, tho' his nose is red

And his legs are what the regiment calls bandy-o.

But when this bandy officer was ordered to the coast,

Then she tore her lovely locks that looked so sandy-o

"Now goodbye, my love," said she, "when you write please pay the post,

But before we part we'll take a drop of brandy-o."

"Take a bottle of it with you," to the officer she said,

"In your tent, you know, my love will be the dandy-o"

"You're right, my dear," said he, "for a tent is very damp

And 'tis better in my tent to take some brandy-o"

So she filled him up a bumper just before he left the town,

With another for herself so neat and handy-o.

And to keep their droopin' spirits up the poured the spirits down,

For love is like the colic, cured with brandy-o   

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.