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Thread #54759   Message #849108
Posted By: MMario
17-Dec-02 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman
Subject: Lyr Add: REUBEN RANZO (I)
(From the singing of Richard Maitland)
(Doerflinger - songs of the Sailor and Lumberman - pp 23-24)

Oh, poor old Reuben Ranzo,
[Ranso boys, Ran-zo!]
Oh Ranzo was no sail-or
[Ranzo, boys, Ran-zo!]

But he was a Boston tailor,
He went on a visit to new Bedford.

He was shanghaied on a whaler
He could not do his duty.

So they put him to holystonnign,
they took him to the gangway,

They tied him on the grating,
and they gave him five and forty.

the captain's youngest daughter
begged her father for mercy.

the captain loved his daughter,
and he heeded her cries for mercy.

he put Ranzo in the cabin,
And taught him navigation.

Ranzo married his daughter,
And now he's skipper of a whaler,

and he's got a little Ranzo!
And he's got a little Ranzo!