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HE PLAYED HIS UKULELE AS THE SHIP WENT DOWN (Sometimes known as "The Wreck Of The Nancy Lee") (Arthur Le Clerq) Leslie Sarony (with Jack Hylton & His Orch.) - 1932 Lesley Holmes - 1932 Also recorded by: Tom Lewis; Clinton Ford; The Masqueraders. As recorded by LESLIE SARONY with JACK HYLTON'S ORCH., 30th January 1932: PART 1 Yo ho, my lads, yo ho I'll tell you the tale of a sailor Who sailed the Bay of Biscay-o As the Captain of a whaler Of his gallant deed you all should know (Yo-ho, my lads, yo-ho) I'll tell the tale of the Nancy Lee The ship that got shipwrecked at sea The bravest man was Captain Brown For he played his ukulele as the ship went down All the crew were in despair Some rushed here and some rushed there But the Captain sat in the Captain's chair And he played his Ukulele as the ship went down The owner wirelessed to the crew "Do the best that you can do We're only insured for half-a-crown So, I'll be out of pocket if the ship goes down" The Captain answered, "Holy gee! It's all up for the Nancy Lee You're all right, but what about me I shall wet my ukulele when the ship goes down" (Yo-ho, my lads, yo-ho) When they heard the news at the Admiralty They wirelessed to the Nancy Lee "We'd like to speak to Captain Brown If he isn't very busy when the ship goes down" The Captain answered, "What's to do?" The Admiralty said, "At half-past-two We'll be listening in to you When you play your ukulele when the ship goes down" (Yo-ho, my lads, yo-ho) The pets on board were all scared stiff The cat meowed and the monkey sniffed The old green parrot hung upside down Saying, "Scratch-a-polly", as the ship went down The crow's nest fell and it killed the crow The starboard watch was two hours slow But the Captain sung, "Voh-doh-dee-oh-doh" As he played his ukulele as the ship went down PART 2 He shouted, "Man the rafts! With chains and rope you bind 'em" The Bosun searched both fore and aft But dashed if he could find them At the mercy of that raging sea The good ship Nancy Lee The Bosun said to Stoker Jim "You'll have to teach me how to swim" The Stoker answered with a frown "We can learn together as the ship goes down" The Captain said to Fireman Mose "Get straight into your fireman's clothes And while you stand and play your hose I'll play my Ukulele as the ship goes down" When they reached the lifeboat, how they cursed The Second Mate had got there first The Cook said, "I'll be last to drown 'Cause I'm climbing up the rigging as the ship goes down Soon it was a total wreck The Captain stood on the burning deck The flames leapt up all around his neck And burnt his ukulele as the ship went down (Yo-ho, my lads, yo-ho) The Captain's wife was on the ship And she was glad she'd made the trip As she could swim, she might not drown So he tied her to the anchor as the ship went down They sprung a leak just after dark And through the hole came a hungry shark It bit the Skipper near the water mark As he played his ukulele when the ship went down (Yo-ho, my lads, yo-ho) The Mate had a saxophone The Cook had a trombone The Drummer had an old tin And another had a violin The Bosun had a banjo The Stoker had a piccolo "You can play what you like", said Captain Brown "I shall play the ukulele as the ship goes down" And that is the tale of the Nancy Lee The ship that got shipwrecked at sea And Captain Brown who was in command Now plays his ukulele with the Mermaid Band (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - November 2012) ******************** As recorded by LESLEY HOLMES: PART 1 Yo ho, my lads, yo ho I'll tell you the tale of a sailor Who sailed the Bay of Biscay-o As the Captain of a whaler Of his gallant deed you all should know Yo-ho, my lads, yo-ho I'll tell the tale of the Nancy Lee The ship that got shipwrecked at sea The bravest man was Captain Brown For he played his Ukulele as the ship went down All the crew were in despair Some rushed here and the others rushed there But the Captain sat in the Captain's chair And he played his Ukulele as the ship went down The owner wirelessed to the crew "Do the best that you can do She's only insured for half-a-crown So I'll be out of pocket if the ship goes down" The Captain answered, "Holy gee! It's all up with the Nancy Lee You're all right, but what about me I shall wet my ukulele when the ship goes down" (Yo-ho, my lads, yo-ho) When they heard the news at the Admiralty They wirelessed to the Nancy Lee "We'd like to speak to Captain Brown If he isn't very busy when the ship goes down" The Captain answered, "What's to do?" The Admiralty said, "At half-past-two We shall all be listening in to you When you play your ukulele when the ship goes down" The pets on board were all scared stiff The cat meowed and the monkey sniffed The old green parrot hung upside down Saying, "Scratch a poor polly", as the ship went down The crow's nest fell and it killed the crow The starboard watch was two hours slow But the Captain sung, "Voh-doh-dee-oh-doh" And he played his ukulele as the ship went down The Irishman said, "Begorrah, I'll fight The very first man who comes in sight" "You can't do that", said Captain Brown "You'll have to box the compass as the ship goes down" The Skipper issued from the store A cake of soap to every ???? And said, "Now was yourselves ashore While I play my ukulele as the ship goes down" "Have faith in me", the Captain cried To this remark the crew replied "You can trust us, Captain Brown To finish up the raft before the ship goes down" The Skipper shouted, "No backchat! I'll do my best and after that D'you mind if I pass 'round the hat As I play my ukulele when the ship goes down" (Ha-ha-ha, hee-hee-hee) (Listen to the man in the Moon, said he) The Captain shouted fore and aft "I'll have no slackers aboard this craft" "So understand", said Captain Brown "I want ev'rybody present when the ship goes down" The Cook's gone mad and the Bosun's lame The rudder has gone and the deck's aflame My G-string's flat, but all the same I shall play my ukulele when the ship goes down PART 2 He shouted, "Man the rafts, "With chains and rope you can bind 'em" The Bosun searched both fore and aft Bust dashed if he could find them At the mercy of that raging sea Was the good ship Nancy Lee They struggled on against the storm The cold, cold wind was far from warm So all the crew and Captain Brown Played ring-a-ring-a-rosies when the ship fell down They shouted, "Women and children first" The Engineer came up and cursed But all of a sudden his boiler burst As he played his ukulele as the ship went down The Captain's wife was on the ship And he was glad she'd made the trip As she could swim, she might not drown So he tied her to the anchor as the ship went down They sprung a leak just after dark And through the hole came a hungry shark It bit the Skipper near the water mark So he played his ukulele when the ship went down (Singing polly-wolly-doodle all the day) (Singing polly-wolly-doodle all the day) He had sailed the sea, they say For twenty-two years come Pancake Day So it's no wonder Captain Brown Wished he was in the Army when the ship went down He played the part of a bold AB (sic) He played the game on land and sea But this was the very first time that he Had played his ukulele as the ship went down When they reached the lifeboat, how they cursed The Second Mate had got there first The Cook said, "Aye, I'll be the last to drown 'Cause I'm climbing up the rigging as the ship goes down Soon it was a total wreck The Captain stood on the burning deck The flames leapt up all around his neck And burnt his ukulele as the ship went down The Mate said, "It's okay with me The shipwreck suits me to a T I owe ten bob to Captain Brown And I'll never have to pay him if the ship goes down" But then the pessimistic Cook said he Was sure the Crew very soon would be Playing a harp, said Brown, "Not me, I shall play my ukulele as the ship goes down The Mate had a ????phone The Cook had a trombone The Drummer had an old tin Another had a violin The Bosun had a banjo The Stoker had a piccolo "You can play what you like", said Captain Brown "I shall play me ukulele as the ship goes down" And this is the tale of the Nancy Lee The ship that got shipwrecked at sea And Captain Brown who was in command Now plays his ukulele in the Mermaid Band (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - November 2012)

    


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