Traditional Sea Shanties & Sea Songs
A Collection of lyrics for traditional Sea Shanties & Songs of the Sea.
From Cornwall, from Deuteromelia, 1609
As it fell on a holy day,
And upon a holy tide, a,
John Dory bought him an ambling nag
To Paris for to ride, a.
2. And when John Dory to Paris was come
A little before the gate, a,
John Dory was fitted, the porter was witted
To let him in thereat, a.
3. The first man that John Dory did meet
Was good King John of France, a.
John Dory could well of his courtesy,
But fell down in a trance, a.
4. A pardon, a pardon, my liege and my king,
For my merry men and for me, a,
And all the churls in merry England
I'll bring them all bound to thee, a.
5. And Nicholl was then a Cornish man,
A little beside Bohyde, a,
And he manned forth a good black bark
With fifty good oars on a side, a.
6. Run up, my boy, unto the maintop,
And look what thou canst syp, a.
Who ho, who ho, a goodly ship I do see;
I trow it to be John Dory, a.
7. They hoist their salis both top and top,
The mizen and all was tried, a;
And every man stood to his lot,
Whatever should betide, a.
8. The roaring cannons then were plied,
And dub a dub went the drum, a;
The braying trumpets loud they cried
To courage both all and some, a.
9. The grappling hooks were brought at length,
The brown bill and the sword, a;
John Dory at length, for all his strength,
Was clapped fast under board, a.