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For texts somewhat similar, but with many variations, see Henry, JAFL, XLV, 41-44, and JFSSj VI, 1-3.
The present version was sung in 1935 by Mrs. Frank Gamsby, Saranac, who learned the song about 1868 in Cookshire, Quebec, from hearing her brothers sing it when they did not know that she was near.
1    Jack being weary he hung down his head; He asked for a candle to light him to bed. She lit him to bed as a maiden ought to do,
And he said, "My pretty fair maid, won't you come to bed, too?"
2    She being young and foolish she thought it of no harm; She jumped in behind him to keep herself warm;
He hugged her and kissed her and called her his dear And wished that the night had been seven long years.
3    Early next day morning her mama arose;
Straightway to her daughter's chamber she immediately goes, Saying, "Daughter, O daughter, you have thrown yourself away; You may go with your sea captain, for here you cannot stay."
4    He jumped out of bed just like a sailor bold And into her lap threw handfuls of gold,
Saying, "Here, take this to buy your milk and bread, And that's what you get by lighting sailor boys to bed.
5    "If you have a baby, pray what are you the worse? You have gold in your pocket and silver in your purse; You have gold in your pocket to pay your nursery fee And pass for a maiden in some foreign counterry.
6    "If it is a girl, she shall wear a gold ring; If it is a boy, he shall fight for his king;
With his low buckle shoe, and his jacket trimmed with blue He will walk the quarter-deck as his daddy used to do; With his low buckle shoe and his jacket trimmed with blue He will plow the raging main as his daddy used to do."

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