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Jolly Rovin Tar (2:45)

Ships may come and ships may go
as long as the sea does roll
each sailor lad just like his dad
he loves the blowin' foam
a trip on shore he does adore
with a girl who's nice and round
But when the money's gone
it's the same old song
Get up Jack Jones! Sit down!

Chorus
Come along, come along
Ye jolly ray boys
there's lots of grog in the jar
We'll plow the briney ocean
with the Jolly Rovin' Tar

Jack he then, he climbs the stairs
to some old boarding house
They'll welcome him with rum and gin
and feed him on port stout
he will spend and he won't end
till he's lying drunk on the ground
But when the money's gone
it's the same old song
Get up Jack Jones! Sit down!

CHORUS

Jack he then all bent he'll sail
on down for New Foundland
All the ladies in Placentia there
they love that sailor man
He'll go to shore all on a tear
and he'll buy some girl a gown
But when the money's gone
it's the same old song
Get up Jack Jones! Sit down!

CHORUS

When Jack gets old and weatherbeat
too old to roam about
They'll let him stop in some rum shop
till eight bells calls him out
Then he'll raise his eyes
up to the skys singin'
"Boys, we're homeward bound!"
But when the money's gone
it's the same old song
Get up Jack Jones! Sit down!

CHORUS

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