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Thread #49738   Message #4173796
Posted By: Richard Bridge
04-Jun-23 - 05:17 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Blow the Man Down
Subject: RE: Origins: Blow the Man Down
I'm compiling a set of words for this shanty. I'm missing a verse that I'm sure I've heard but can only barely and imprecisely remember bits of.

It comes after our hero and the flash packet go to her room - they arrive thus
"It was up in her quarters she piped me aboard
And there on her bed I cut loose with my sword"

Then in some versions a 7 foot tall husband arrives - I don't want that bit. Then the verse I am looking for uses nautical metaphor to describe some of the rude bits - possibly lowering her tops'ls or slackening her mainstays, maybe a reference to bowsprit or bobstays (but not IIRC careening her bottom!)

Has anyone a convincing version of a verse like that?

After that comes the sad ending: -
"Now me shot-locker’s empty, me powder’s all gone,
My ramrod is limber, I cannot fire on."