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jacko@nz Lyr Req: If I Can Remember the Words (20) Lyr Add: IF I CAN REMEMBER THE WORDS 11 Oct 02

Is it this one. I thought I'd seen this in here but I can't find it.



I'll sing you a song and it won't take me long
If I can remember the words
If I can remember the words
If I can remember the words

It's all about a bold sailor
Newly returned to the shore
From sailing the East Indies
But I just can't remember no more

There's also a fair pretty maiden
Her name it was Nancy for sure
She'd waited long time for her sailor
But she just couldn't wait any more

There were blackbirds and blacksmiths and thrushes
All singing on every green spray
Someone wore a black shawl, or was it nothing at all
And somehow I'm sure it was May

Now Nancy had missed her dear sailor
For waiting at home is no fun
And I think that someone was pregnant
But I just can't remember which one

Now the sailor showed great understanding
Nancy she cried quite a lot
He didn't tell all of his secrets
In fact the best bits we both have forgot

But he told her of cruel privations
Whilst rounding the Horn in a gale
But with never a word of relations
With cabin boys, male or female

Then putting his hand in his pocket
A fistful of broken tokens he shows
And he says to his own dearest jewl
Do you recognise any of those?

And somehow I think this bold sailor
Had silver and gold in great store
And wedding bells chimed to Wild Mountain Thyme
They don't write them like that any more

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