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Thread #77777   Message #1390823
Posted By: Lighter
27-Jan-05 - 09:56 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Cruel Ship's Captain (Broadside?)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Cruel Ship's Captain (Broadside?)
Can't find any of my notes...or the LP...but here's how I remember the song from "There She Blows!"

A boy to me was bound apprentice
Because his parents they were poor
I took him from Sta James's Workhouse
All for to sail
On the Greenland shore.

One day this poor boy he did annoy me
Nothing to him then did I say
I rushed him to a frozen yardarm
And kept him there till the very next day

And when his hands and his feet did hang towards me
And with his head bowed down likewise
It was with an iron gasket then I killed him
Because I would not hear his cries.

Now all you sea captains who go out a-navyin'
I pray a warning take by me
Don't you go abusin' your poor prentice lads
Or else it's hanged you'll surely be.

Doesn't look like much, but if you once heard Lloyd sing it it stuck with you. The melody does it. The delivery too.