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The Saucy Sailor Boy


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He was a saucy sailor boy who'd come from afar
To ask a maid to be the bride of a poor Jack tar

The maiden a poor fisher girl
stood close by his side
With scornful look she answered
thus I'll not be your bride

You're mad to think I'd marry you
too ragged you are
Be gone you saucy sailor boy
be gone you Jack tar

I've money in my pocket love and
bright gold in store
These clothes of mine are all in rags
but coin can buy more

Though black my hands my
gold is clean so I'll sail afar
A fairer maid than you I ween
will wed this Jack tar

Stay Stay you saucy sailor boy do not sail afar
I love you and will marry you you silly Jack tar

'Twas but to tease I answered so
I thought you could guess
That when a maiden answers no
she always means yes

Be gone you pretty fisher girl too artful are you
So spoke the saucy sailor boy
gone was her Jack tar

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.