The Drunken Sailor

a.k.a. Early in the Morning


"... 'Early in the morning' must be of fairly recent date, for only in a comparatively large ship could there be room on deck for 'walking' a light sail aloft, the operation at which it was generally used. It was not a chanty often sung. I remember it chiefly as a showy accomplishment when all hands were employed on deck and there was an atmosphere of high good humour with us. Perhaps a day when, after long voyaging, we had taken a pilot aboard to con us into port and were wishful to impress him by our activity as real deep-watermen. We called it 'man-o'-war fashion' as we stamped along the deck, handing the halyard."

-David Bone, Capstan Bars

 

What shall we do with a drunken sailor?
What shall we do with a drunken sailor?
What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Put him in th' long boat and make him bail her,
Put him in th' long boat and make him bail her,
Put him in th' long boat and make him bail her,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Throw him in th' bilge and make him drink it,
Throw him in th' bilge and make him drink it,
Throw him in th' bilge and make him drink it,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Put him in his cabin and stop his liquor,
Put him in his cabin and stop his liquor,
Put him in his cabin and stop his liquor,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Trice him up in a runnin' bowline,
Trice him up in a runnin' bowline,
Trice him up in a runnin' bowline,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Put 'em to bed with the Captain's daughter,
Put 'em to bed with the Captain's daughter,
Put 'em to bed with the Captain's daughter,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Stick him in the crow's nest till he's sober,
Stick him in the crow's nest till he's sober,
Stick him in the crow's nest till he's sober,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Hang him from the yard arm till he's sober,
Hang him from the yard arm till he's sober,
Hang him from the yard arm till he's sober,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Throw him in the brig until he sobers,
Throw him in the brig until he sobers,
Throw him in the brig until he sobers,
Early in the morning.

Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Way-a hay-a, up she rises,
Early in the morning.

That's what you do with a drunken sailor...
Early in the morning!


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