Blow the Man Down (4)
As I was a-walking down Paradise street
To me way, aye, blow the man down
A pretty young damsel I chanced for to meet
Give me some time to blow the man down
She was round in the counter and bluff in the bow
So I took in all sail & cried "Way enough now!"
I hailed her in English, she answered me clear
"I'm from the Black Arrow, bound to the Shakespeare"
She says to me "Will you stand treat?"
"Delighted" says I "for a charmer so sweet"
So I tailed her my flipper and took her in tow
And yardarm to yardarm, away we did go
I bought her a two shilling dinner in town
And trinkets and laces and bonnet and gown
We walked and we talked and her name it was Gwen
I kissed her a couple and kissed her again
I says "Will you marry a seafaring man?"
She says "I'll ask Mother to see if I can."
Along comes a sailor, they call him Half Ton
He says to her "Mother" she murmers "My son"
She says to him "Son, here is your new dadee"
But I says "I'm bound for the rolling sea"