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I learnt this from Dad's blog (afolksongaweek.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/week-31-the-rambling-sailor/). The words are a mix of Dad's and Bellowhead's.

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I am a sailor brisk and bold
Long time I sailed the ocean
I've fought for king and country too
For honour and promotion
But now my shipmates, I bid you all adieu
I may no longer go along with you
I'll travel the country through and through
And I'll be the rambling sailor

Well first I came to Portsmouth town
And there were lasses many
I boldly stepped up to one of them
To court her for her money
I says, "My gal, be of good cheer,
I will not leave you, do not fear
I'll travel the country far and near
And I'll be the rambling sailor"

And then I came to Plymouth town
And there were lasses many
I boldly stepped up to one of them
To court her for her beauty
I says, "My gal, what do you choose?
Here's ale and a wine and a rum punch too
Besides a pair of silk satin shoes
If you travel with the rambling sailor"

And then I rose up with the dawn
Just as the day was peeping
On tiptoe down the stairs I went
And I left my love a-sleeping
And if she waits until I come
She may lie there til her day of doom
I'll court some other girl in the room
And I'll be the rambling sailor

And if you want to know my name
My name it is young Johnson
I've got commission from the king
To court all girls is handsome
With my false heart and flattering tongue
I'll court them all both old and young
I'll court them all but I marry none
And I'll be the rambling sailor

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from Punk's Delight EP, released February 4, 2016

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Punk interpretations of traditional folksongs from Britain, Ireland and America.

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