The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46593   Message #1020395
Posted By: Ferrara
16-Sep-03 - 10:31 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Billy Riley (chantey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: BILLY RILEY
Ye Mariners All sing, I *think,* "Old Billy Riley, he was the boarding master" rather than dancing master. Makes more sense. Suspect that was the original, then it changed to "dancing master" as the years went by.

Here's their version:

Old Billy Riley, Mr. Billy Riley (Old Billy Riley Oh! etc.)

Old Billy Riley, he was the boarding master (etc)

Old Mrs. Riley, she didn't like the sailors (etc.)

Old Billy Riley, he had a lovely daughter (etc)

He had a lovely daughter, I wish I could have caught her (etc)

Old Billy Riley, Mr. Billy Riley (etc.)