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Thread #32772   Message #1014893
Posted By: Joe Offer
08-Sep-03 - 02:45 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Sloop John B
Subject: ADD Version: The John B Sails (Sandburg)
Here's the version from Carl Sandburg's American Songbag (1927)


O we come on the sloop John B.,
My gran'fadder an' me.
Round Nassau Town we did roam,
Drinking all night, we got in a fight,
I feel so break-up I want to go home!

De first mate he got drunk,
Break up de people's trunk.
Constable come aboard an' take him away.
Mr. Johnstone, please let me alone.
I feel so break-up I want to go home! Refrain

De poor cook he got fits,
Tro' 'way all de grits,
Den he took an' eat up all o' my corn!
Lemme go home, I want to go home!
Dis is de worst trip since I been born! Refrain

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