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Jolly Old Sailor

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Jolly Old Sailor

Jolly old sailor took a notion
For to go across the sea
Went to say goodbye to Sally
BId her always constant be.

DO not cry my dearest Sally
Take the baby on your knee,
I'll be back in six months later
Asking you to marry me.

I will buy you sheets and blankets
I'll buy you a wedding ring
And I'll buy a basket cradle
For to rock your baby in.

Jolly old sailor came back to Liverpool
Went to see his Sally dear,
Sally said,"You silly sailor
I'm married to a Grenadier."

note: A Johnny Todd relative.
From Sounds Like Folk, EFDS Publications Ltd.
Collected in Lancashire by Julian Pilling.
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