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The Saucy Sailor

  • (Trad)

    Come, my own one, come, my fair one
    Come now unto me
    Could you fancy a poor sailor lad
    Who has just come from sea

    You are ragged, love, and you're dirty, love
    And your clothes smell much of tar
    So be gone, you saucy sailor lad
    So be gone, you Jack Tar

    If I am ragged, love, and I'm dirty, love
    And my clothes smell much of tar
    I have silver in my pocket, love
    And I've gold in great store

    Do you think that I am foolish, love
    Do you think that I am mad
    For to wed with a poor country girl
    When a fortune's to be had

    And then when she heard him say so
    On her bended knee she fell
    I will marry my dear Henry
    For I love sailor lads well

    I will cross the briny ocean
    I will whistle and sing
    And since you have refused the offer, love
    Some other girl shall wear the ring

    I am frolicsome and I am easy
    Good-tempered and free
    And I don't give a single penny, boys
    What the world thinks of me

    (as sung by Steeleye Span)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1967:] [This was] reported at the end of the nineteenth century as a favourite song among factory girls in the East End of London. (Lloyd, England 48)

Quelle: England

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