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GUEST,Dan Penguin: Jack The Jolly Tar (15) RE: Penguin: Jack The Jolly Tar 02 Jun 09

There is another version of this song published in Maud Karpeles' "Folk Songs from Newfoundland" entitled "Jack in London City."

The lyrics are:

Jack arrived in London city,
The people say: Jack you ain't witty
Jack thought he heard the people say
That he in the street that night should lay

Refrain: Fol the dol diddle I-do
         Right fall laddle O dee

To lie in the street was not Jack's fancy
Squire walked along with lovely Nancy
Jack thought he heard lovely Nancy say
The squire in her arms that night should lay


Well, says Jack, I'm sure to venture
I'll pull that string that hangs from the window
And Jack went there and pulled the string
And the lady by mistake came down, let him in


Jack got into his heart's desire
The lady thought Jack was the squire
The squire come there and looking for the string
And Jack was after pulling of it in


Early in the morning the fair one woken
She felt like one that was heart-broken
To see Jack's tarry pants and shirt
And his face and his hands all smeared with dirt


What brought you hear, you naughty fellow
To rob me of my virgin pillow?
Well, says Jack, I pulled the string
And you come dowm and let me in


I'll give you gold or I'll give you money
If you don't mention to anybody
Well, says Jack, if I gets gold
I'll never mention to any soul


Jack got married to lovely Nancy
She dressed him up quite to her fancy
Where he treats his shipmates to rum and gin
Saying: Damn you eyes, go pull the string


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