The Fire Ship


Lyrics from Shanties from the Seven Seas, by Stan Hugill

Oh, as I strolled out one evening, out for a night's career,
I met a lofty clipper ship an' arter her I steered.
I hoisted her me sig-a-nals, which she so quickly knew,
An' when she seed me bunting fly, she immediately hove to-o-o,

Oh, she'd a dark an' rollin' eye,
An' her hair hung down in ring-a-lets,
She wuz a nice gal, a decent gal,
But one of the rakish kind!


Kind sir, ye must excuse me, for being out so late,
For if me parents knew o' it, then sad would be me fate,
Me father he's a minister, a true and honest man,
Me mother she's a Methodist, an' I do the best I can.

I eyed that wench full warily, for talk like this I knew,
She seemed a little owerbold, she lied for all I knew,
But still she wuz a comely wench, her lips a ruby red,
Her bosom full, her hips so slim, she coyly hung her head.

I took her to a tavern an' treated her to wine,
Little did I think that she belonged to the rakish kind.
I handled her, I dangled her, an' found to my surprise,
She wuz nothin' but a fire ship, rigged up in a disguise.

And so I deemed her company for a sailorman like me.
I kissed her once, I kissed her twice, said she, `Be nice to me.'
I fondled her, I cuddled her, I bounced her on me knee.
She wept, she sighed an' then she cried, `Jack, will ye sleep wi' me?'

(Two verses omitted.)

Now all ye jolly sailormen that sail the Western Sea,
An' all ye jolly 'prentice lads a warnin' take from me,
Steer clear o' lofty fire ships, for me they left well-spent.
For one burnt all me money up, an' left me broke an' bent.


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