English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Jack Went A-Sailing
8   When her father saw him coming, He flew in an angry way.
She gave him forty shillings To bear him far away.
9   He sailed East, and he sailed West All across the deep blue sea,
So safely he got landed In the wars of Germany.
10   This girl being a girl of honour With money in her hand,
She set her resolution
To visit some foreign land.
11   She went down to a tailor's shop And dressed all in men's gray, And laboured for the captain To bear her far away.
12   Your waist is too long and slender, Your fingers too long and small, Your cheeks too red and rosy
To face the cannon ball.
13   It's true my waist is long and slender, My fingers they are small;
It would not change my countenance To see ten thousand fall.
14   Kind sir, your name I would like to know Before aboard you go.
She smiled all in her countenance: They call me Jackaro.
15   She sailed all over the ocean, All over the deep blue sea ; So safely she got landed
In the wars of Germany.
16   She went out to the battlefield, She viewed it up and down; Among the dead and wounded Her darling boy she found.
17   She picked him up all in her arms And carried him to the town, Enquiring for a doctor
To heal his bloody wound.