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Thread #129532   Message #2908606
Posted By: banjocircus
17-May-10 - 12:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cheerly Man
Subject: Lyr Req: Cheerly Man
In "Songs of American Sailor Man," Joanna C. Colcord says of the shanty Cheerly Man, "the words are too racy to reproduce without considerable editing." Here are Colcord's words. Does anybody know what they were before the cleaned them up?

Oh, Nancy Dawson, Hi?oh!
She's got a notion, Hi?oh!
For our old bo'sun, Hi?oh!

Oh, Betsey Baker, Hi?oh!
Lived in Long Acre, Hi?oh!
Married a Quaker, Hi?oh!

Oh, Kitty Carson, Hi?oh!
Jilted the parson, Hi?oh!
Married a mason, Hi?oh!

Avast there, avast, Hi?oh!
Make the fall fast, Hi?oh!
Make it well fast, Hi?oh!