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Three For Jack

Words by Fred. E. Weatherly (Frederic Edward)

Music by W. H. Squire (William Henry)

London: Chappell & Co. (1904)

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[Verse 1]
As I went down to the wintry sea,
I saw three witches watching me,
And they screamed “Ha! Ha!” and they laughed “Ho! Ho!”
As they heard the black Northeaster blow,
Then they cried, “you silly young Sailor-bones,
You’ll very soon dine with Davy Jones!
Says I “Avast!” and I doffs my hat,
“There’s lots to be done ere it comes to that!”
Yeo-ho, Yeo-ho, Yeo-ho.

So I went bowling,
Over the rolling
Over the rolling sea;
They may keep their croak
For other folk,
But they won’t frighten me!

[Verse 2]
But when I came to the open sea,
I saw three cruisers all in reach,
And a brand new gun in the bows of each,
And they hailed me, “Ho! You silly young tar,
We’ll send you down where the fishes are,”
Says I, Come along! If that’s your game,
let’s see if I can’t play the same.
Yeo-ho, Yeo-ho, Yeo-ho.

So I went bowling,
Over the rolling,
Over the rolling sea; \
We put three shots In their lobster pots,
So they won’t frighten me!

[Verse 3]
But when I stepped upon the quay,
There were three pretty maids who watched for me,
Three pretty maids who looked so nice,
I kissed them once, I kissed them twice!
“You love me best” said the First to me,
“You love me first” said Number Three,
“I’ll never give you up!” said Number Two,
So what was a sailor boy to do.,
Yeo-ho, Yeo-ho ,Yeo-ho.

So we went strolling,
Down by the rolling,
Down by the rolling sea.
If you can’t be true,
To One or Two
You’re much better off with Three!


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