The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25089   Message #1420701
Posted By: Crane Driver
25-Feb-05 - 11:08 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Tattooed Lady
Subject: ADD Version: Only Seventeen
According to Cyril Tawney, this version was current in the Royal Navy during his time in service:-


I was only seventeen,
When first I went to sea,
I was shipwrecked just off the coast of France,
And just by chance -

A woman in a boat
Grabbed me by the coat,
And laid me out upon the shore to dry.

And then to my distress,
She started to undress,
She'd a map of Bonny Scotland tattooed upon her chest,

And further down,
To my surprise,
I found the spot where Nelson lost his eye -

She had the Portuguese
Tattooed across her knees,
Japan and Singapore upon her thigh,

I was looking for Hong Kong,
When her old man came along,
I let the rest of the world go by.

Obviously the 'Folk Process' at work here ....

Only Seventeen in the Digital Tradition