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BARNACLE BILL THE SAILOR (Robison / Luther) Frank Luther - 1929 Carson Robison & His Pioneers - 1929 Hoagy Carmichael & His Orch. - 1930 Louis Jordan's Elks Rendezvous Band - 1938 Also recorded by: Ned Cobben; Tex Morton; Bobbie Comber; John Valby; Bob Thiele & His New Happy Times Orch. As recorded by FRANK LUTHER: Who's that knocking at my door Who's that knocking at my door Who's that knocking at my door Cried the fair young maiden It's only me from over the sea Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor I'm all lit up like a Christmas tree Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor I'll sail the sea until I croak I fight and swear and drink and smoke But I can't swim a bloody stroke Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor Are you young and handsome, sir Are you young and handsome, sir Are you young and handsome, sir Cried the fair young maiden I'm old and rough and dirty and tough Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor I drink my gin, I dip my snuff Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor I drink my whiskey when I can Whiskey from an old tin can For whiskey is the life of man Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor I'll come down and let you in I'll come down and let you in I'll come down and let you in Cried the fair young maiden Well, hurry before I bust in the door Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor I'll cuss and fuss and rant and roar Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor I'll spin you yarns and tell you lies I'll drink your wine and eat your pies I'll kiss your cheek and black your eyes Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor Sing me a love song low and sweet Sing me a love song low and sweet Sing me a love song low and sweet Cried the fair young maiden Sixteen men on a dead man's chest Sang Barnacle Bill the Sailor Yo heave ho and a bottle of rum Sang Barnacle Bill the Sailor Oh, hi-rig-a-jig and a jaunting car (sic) A-hi-a-ho what are you most done (sic) Hooray my boys for the ????? run (sic) Sang Barnacle Bill the Sailor Tell me that we soon shall wed Tell me that we soon shall wed Tell me that we soon shall wed Cried the fair young maiden I've got me a wife in every port Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor The handsome gals is what I court Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor With my false heart and flatterin' tongue I courts 'em all both old and young I courts 'em all, but marries none Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor When shall I see you again When shall I see you again When shall I see you again Cried the fair young maiden Never again, I'll come no more Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor Tonight I'm sailin' from the shore Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor If you wait for me to come Settin' and waitin' and suckin' your thumb You'll wait until the day of your doom Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor Good-bye! ******************** As recorded by HOAGY CARMICHAEL & HIS ORCH. Bix Beiderbeck, cornet Bubber Miley, trumpet Benny Goodman, clarinet Tommy Dorsey, trombone Bud Freeman, tenor sax Eddie Lang, guitar Joe Venuti, violin Gene Krupa, drums Carson Robison, vocals Hoagy Carmichael, piano and vocals Recorded May 21st 1930. New York. Who's that knocking at my door Who's that knocking at my door Who's that knocking at my door Cried the fair young maiden It's only me from over the sea (Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor) I'm all lit up like a Christmas tree (Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor) I'll sail the seas until I croak I'll fight and swear and drink and smoke But I can't swim a bloody stroke (Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor) (Instrumental Break) I'll come down and let you in I'll come down and let you in I'll come down and let you in Cried the fair young maiden Well, hurry before I bust in the door (Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor) I'll rare and tear and rant and roar (Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor) I'll spin you yarns and tell you lies I'll drink your wine and eat your pies I'll kiss your cheeks and black your eyes (Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor) (Instrumental Break) He's Barnacle Bill the Sailor! ******************** As featured in the 1935 Popeye cartoon "Beware Of Barnacle Bill", with the voices of William Costello as Popeye, William Pennell as Bluto (playing Barnacle Bill), and Mae Questel as Olive Oyl: OLIVE: Popeye, dear, we cannot wed Popeye, dear, we cannot wed Popeye, dear, we cannot wed I love another sailor POPEYE: Who's the guy that won your heart OLIVE: It's Barnacle Bill the Sailor POPEYE: Who's the guy that thinks he's smart OLIVE: It's Barnacle Bill the Sailor POPEYE: Why, that false heart and flattering tongue He courts them all, both old and young He courts them all, but marries none Your Barnacle Bill the Sailor OLIVE: But he's strong and handsome, too But he's strong and handsome, too But he's strong and handsome, too My Barnacle Bill the Sailor POPEYE: I'll twist his toes and squeeze the nose Of Barnacle Bill the Sailor I'll mop the place with his false face The Barnacle Bill the Sailor I'll grab him by his dirty neck And when I'm through he'll be a wreck I'll sweep and smear and swab the deck With Barnacle Bill the Sailor OLIVE: Who's that knocking at my door Who's that knocking at my door Who's that knocking at my door Tell the fair young maiden BARNACLE BILL: It's only me from over the sea It's Barnacle Bill the Sailor I've come to take you away with me I'm Barnacle Bill the Sailor Hurry before you get me sore I'll rare and tear and rant and roar Hurry before I bust in the door It's Barnacle Bill the Sailor OLIVE: Here I come to let you in Here I come to let you in Here I come to let you in My Barnacle Bill the Sailor (Barnacle Bill and Popeye begin to fight) BILL: No one ever challenged me POPEYE: Says Barnacle Bill the Sailor BILL: I'm the terror of the sea POPEYE: Says Barnacle Bill the Sailor BILL: A fee and a fi and a fo and a fum Yo heave ho and a bottle of rum ?????? sailor, your day is done Oh, says Barnacle Bill the Sailor (Popeye eats his spinach and defeats Bill) OLIVE: Popeye, dear, I love you best Popeye, dear, I love you best Popeye, dear, I love you best When will we get married POPEYE: I've changed me mind so you can wed Your Barnacle Bill the Sailor You're nothing more than cabbage head Ev'ry dame's a selfish cat They only turn and leave ya flat Just the way ya did to that Poor Barnacle Bill the Sailor Goodbye! (Transcriptions by Mel Priddle - March 2013)

    


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