The Handsome Cabin Boy

It's of a pretty female as you may understand
Her mind being bent for rambling into
Some foreign land
She dressed herself in sailor's clothes
Or so it does appear
And she hired with a captain
To serve him for a year

Here cheeks they were like roses
And her hair all in a curl
The sailors often smiled and said
He looked just like a girl
But eating of the Captain's biscuit
Her colour did destroy
And the waist did swell of prett Nell --
The handsome cabin boy

It was in the Bay of Biscay
Our gallant ship did plough
One night among the sailors was a fearful
Flurrying row
They tumbled from their hammocks
For their sleep it did destroy
And they swore about the groaning
Of the handsome cabin boy

Oh doctor dear, oh doctor, the cabin boy did cry
The time has come, I am undone
And I will surely die
The doctor came a-running
And a-smiling at the fun
To think a sailor lad should have a daughter
Or a son

The sailors when they saw the joke
They all did stand and stare
The child belonged to none of them
They solemnly did swear
The captain's wife, she says to him
My dear I wish you joy
For 'tis either you or me's betrayed
The handsome cabin boy

 

1986 by Novercia, Ltd.

 

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