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BLOW THE MAN DOWN (19th Century Traditional Sea Shanty) The Almanac Singers (Lead Vocal: Woody Guthrie) - 1941 Jack Teagarden & His Orch. - 1941 Also recorded by: Louis Killen, Burl Ives; Pete Seeger; Roger Chartier; Tom Lewis; Tommy Faile; Richard Holmes; Bill Smith; Norman Luboff Choir: ....... and others. Come all ye young fellows that follow the sea to my way hay, blow the man down And pray pay attention and listen to me Give me some time to blow the man down I'm a deep water sailor just in from Hong Kong to my way hay, blow the man down if you'll give me some grog, I'll sing you a song Give me some time to blow the man down 'Twas on a Black Baller I first served my time to my way hay, blow the man down And on that Black Baller I wasted my prime Give me some time to blow the man down 'Tis when a Black Baller's preparing for sea to my way hay, blow the man down You'd split your sides laughing at the sites that you see Give me some time to blow the man down With the tinkers and tailors and soljers and all to my way hay, blow the man down That ship for prime seaman on board a Black Ball Give me some time to blow the man down 'Tis when a Black Baller is clear of the land to my way hay, blow the man down Our Boatswain then gives us the word of command Give me some time to blow the man down "Lay aft," is the cry, "to the break of the Poop! to my way hay, blow the man down, Or I'll help you along with the toe of my boot!" Give me some time to blow the man down 'Tis larboard and starboard on the deck you will sprawl to my way hay, blow the man down, For "Kicking Jack" Williams commands the Black Ball. Give me some time to blow the man down Pay attention to order, now you one and all, to my way hay, blow the man down For right there above you flies the Black Ball Give me some time to blow the man down ****************** As recorded by THE ALMANAC SINGERS: As I was out walkin' down Paradise street, To me way, hey, blow the man down! A pretty young damsel I chanced for to meet, Give me some time to blow the man down! She was round in the counter and bluff in the bow To me way, hey, blow the man down! So I took in all sail and cried "way enough now" Give me some time to blow the man down! I hailed her in English, she answered me clear To me way, hey, blow the man down! "I'm from the Black Arrow bound to the Shakespeare" Give me some time to blow the man down! So I tailed her my flipper and took her in tow To me way, hey, blow the man down! And yard-arm to yard-arm, away we did go Give me some time to blow the man down! But as we were a-going she said unto me To me way, hey, blow the man down! "There's a spankin' full rigger just ready for sea" Give me some time to blow the man down! That spankin' full rigger to New York was bound To me way, hey, blow the man down! She was very well mannered and very well found Give me some time to blow the man down! But as soon as that packet was clear of the bar To me way, hey, blow the man down! The mate knocked me down with the end of a spar Give me some time to blow the man down! As soon as that packet was out on the sea To me way, hey, blow the man down! 'Twas devilish hard treatment of every degree Give me some time to blow the man down! So I give you fair warning before we belay To me way, hey, blow the man down! Don't never take heed of what pretty girls say Give me some time to blow the man down! ************************* ALTERNATE VERSION (1): Oh, blow the man down, bullies, blow the man down Way! Hey! Blow the man down Oh, blow the man down, bullies, blow the man down Give me some time to blow the man down As I was a-walking down Paradise Street Way! Hey! Blow the man down A saucy young maiden, I happened to meet Give me some time to blow the man down I asked,"Where're you bound", she said, "Nowhere today" Way! Hey! Blow the man down "Now that's fine", I told her, "I'm headed that way" Give me some time to blow the man down We entered an ale-house looked down on the sea Way! Hey! Blow the man down There stood a policeman who stared right at me Give me some time to blow the man down Said he, "You're a pirate that flies the black flag" Way! Hey! Blow the man down "You've robbed some poor Dutchmen, and left them in rags" Give me some time to blow the man down "Oh, officer, officer, you do me wrong" Way! Hey! Blow the man down "I'm a freshwater sailor just in from Hong Kong" Give me some time to blow the man down But they jailed me six months in Old Lexington Town Way! Hey! Blow the man down For fighting and kicking and knocking him down Give me some time to blow the man down The adorable damsel, when she saw me fall Way! Hey! Blow the man down Took off with her hero, so handsome and tall Give me some time to blow the man down All ye sailors take warning before you set sail Way! Hey! Blow the man down If he's strong as an ox and as big as a whale Think twice before you blow the man down Come all you brave sailors who follow the sea Way! Hey! Blow the man down And join in a-singing this shanty with me Give me some time to blow the man down *********************** ALTERNATE VERSION (2): Oh! Blow th' man down, bullies, blow th' man down Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! Oh! Blow th' man down, bullies, blow 'im right down Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! Come all ye young fellers that follows th' sea Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! I'll sing ye a song if ye'll listen t' me Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! 'Twas in a Black Baller I first served my time Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! And in a Black Baller I wasted my prime Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! 'Tis when a Black Baller's preparin' for sea W-ay! Hey? Blow th' man down! Th'sights in th' fo' cas'le is funny t' see Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! Wi' sodgers an' tailors an' Dutchmen an' all Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! As ships for prime seamen aboard th' Black Ball Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! But when th' Black Baller gets o' th' land Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! It's then as ye'll hear th' sharp word o' command Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! Oh! It's muster ye sodgers an' tailors an' such Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! An' hear ye're name called by a son of a bitch Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! It's "fore-topsail halyards", th' Mate he will roar Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! Oh, lay along smartly, you son of a whore Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! Oh, lay along smartly each lousy recruit Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! Or it's lifted ye'll be wi' th' toe of a boot Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! ************************* ALTERNATE VERSION (3): Oh! Blow th' man down, bullies, blow th' man down Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! Oh! Blow th' man down, bullies, blow 'im right down Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! As I was walkin' down Paradise Street Way! Hey? blow th' man down! A smart little clipper I chanced for to meet Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! Her flag was three-coloured, I couldn't tell which Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! An' from her appearance, I took 'er for Dutch Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! She was round in th' corner an' bluffin th' bow Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! An' I hailed her in English, an' took 'er in tow Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! I tipped 'er my flipper an' off we did go Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! To th' "Anchor an' Crown" where my money did show Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! Oh, it's "Are ye a rouster from off th' Black Ball?" Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! "An' robbed some poor sailor o' boots, clothes an' all" Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down! "Oh, no, Missus Harty. You do me quite wrong" Way! Hey? Blow th' man down! "I'm a flyin'-fish sailor, just in from Hong Kong" Give us th' time an' we'll blow th' man down!

    


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