Traditional Sea Shanties & Sea Songs
Reuben Ranzo

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Reuben Ranzo

Long Drag Chanty
O, poor old Reuben Ranzo,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
O, pity poor Reuben Ranzo,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

2. O, Ranzo was no sailor,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
He shipped aboard a whaler.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

3. O, Ranzo was no beauty,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
He could not do his duty.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

4. So, they gave him ninety and thirty,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
Yes, lashes nine and thirty.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

5. O, cap'n being a good man,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
He took him to the cabin.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

6. He gave him wine and water,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
Rube kissed the cap'ns daughter.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

7. He taught him navigation,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
To fit him for his station.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

8. Now, Ranzo, he's a sailor,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
Chief mate of that whaler.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!

9. He married the cap'ns daughter,
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!
And sails no more upon the water.
Ranzo, boys, Ranzo!