SOA Lyrics

 

"Jolly Roving Tar"

(Our Version)


Verse:

Ships May Come, and ships may go,
As long as the seas do roll.
Each sailor lad, just like his dad,
He loves the Flowing bowl.
A trip ashore, he does adore,
With a girl that’s plump and Round.

Chorus:
But when your money’s all gone
It’s the same old song:
‘Get up Jack; John, sit down’

Come along, come along
Me jolly brave boys,
There’s lots more grog in the jar.
We’ll plow the briny ocean 
With a jolly rovin’ tar

Come along, come along
(Repeat)

"Jolly Roving Tar"

(Original)
Lyrics: Edward Harrigan;  Music: David Braham
(See below)


Oh, ships will come and ships will go as long as waves do roll;
Each sailor lad, likewise his dad, will love the flowing bowl.
A float, a o'shore, they do adore a lass that's plump and roun';
When the money's gone 'its the same old song, 
Get up, Jack, John, sit down. – 

Chorus: 
Heigh, laddie, Ho, laddie. Swing the capstan 'round';
When the money's gone, 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down.

An old sheath-kinfe and souwester are staunch old friends at night;
a glass o'grog, in rain or fog, will steer a sailor right.
From old Brazil to Bunker Hill we, scatter dollars roun';
When the money's gone 'tis the same old song, Get up, Jack, John, sit down 

Chorus:

Go take a cruise on men o'war to China or Japan;
In Asia there the maidens fair, all love a sailor man;
While Tom and Joe pa la ver oh. and buy the girls a gown;
When the money's gone 'its the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down 

Chorus:

When Jack's a'shore, oh, then he steers to some old boarding house,
He's welcomed in with rum and gin, and fed on pork and souse;
He'll spend and lend, and ne'er offend, and lay drunk on the groan';
When the money's gone 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down

 Chorus:

When Jack is old and weather beat, too weak to roust about,
In some rumshop they let him stop, at eight bells he's turned out;
He cries, he cries up to the skies, I'll soon be homeward bound;
For my money's gone 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down.


Dear PJ Franz
I was searching the song Get up, Jack--John, Sit Down. Though the lyrics
are some what different I bet the melody is the same. The lyrics  (see
below) were written by my great grandfather Edward Harrigan (1844-1911),
the music was composed by my great great grandfather David Braham
(1835-1905) his daughter Annie Braham Harrigan, was the wife of Edward
Harrigan.  The song was in the play "Old Lavender" which premiered 1
September 1885, I have a recording (11/27/62) of my great uncle William
Harrigan (1893-1966) who sang the H&B songs as a child and in 1923? did
a concert of H&B songs and "Scored a Zoop" Variety.
The Internet Movie DataBase url:
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Harrigan,+William
I hope this information is helpful and and open to all opinions and seek
the most accurate history, what ever the outcome.

Thank You
Philip Harrigan Sheedy

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