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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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Then she rose early in the morning, Early by the break of day, There she saw sweet William Taylor Walking with his lady gay.
She call'd quickly for a pistol, It was brought at her command; Strait she shot sweet William Taylor, With the same soon out of hand.
When the captain saw the wonder Which the maiden fair had done, He instantly made her lieutenant Of the gallant Thunder Bomb.
A Burlesque Ballad.
Sung by Mr. Emery, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden.
Billy Taylor was a gay young fellow,
Full of mirth, and full of glee ; And his heart he did diskiver
To a lady fair and free.
Fol lei, etc.
Four-and-twenty stout young fellows,
Clad they were in blue array, Came and press'd young Billy Taylor,
And forthwith sent him to sea.
Fol lol, etc.
Soon his true love follow'd arter,
Under the name of Richard Carr ; And her lily white hands she daub'd all over
With the nasty pitch and tar.
Fol lol, etc.
When they came to the first engagement,
Bold she fit amongst the rest, Until a cannon-ball cut her jacket open,
And diskivered her lily white breast.
Fol lol, etc.