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Drunken Sailor


This song was a popular capstan shanty, sung to raising the anchor.
In order to raise the anchor, bars were inserted into the capstan wheel
and sailors would walk around it, turning the capstan to raise the anchor.
Sailors would stamp on the deck on the words "Way Hay and Up She Rises."
Additional verses would be created as necessary until the job was completed.
There were several versions of this old classic shanty, some with lyrics
that were very amusing, while other could be quite offensive.
The lyrics used below are rather tame standard ones.

Music by - The Irish Rovers


Lyrics

What will we do with a drunken sailor?
What will we do with a drunken sailor?
What will we do with a drunken sailor?
Early in the morning!

Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Early in the morning!


Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Early in the morning!

Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Early in the morning!


Put him in a long boat till his sober,
Put him in a long boat till his sober,
Put him in a long boat till his sober,
Early in the morning!

Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Early in the morning!


Stick him in a barrel with a hosepipe on him,
Stick him in a barrel with a hosepipe on him,
Stick him in a barrel with a hosepipe on him,
Early in the morning!

Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Early in the morning!


Put him in the bed with the captains daughter,
Put him in the bed with the captains daughter,
Put him in the bed with the captains daughter,
Early in the morning!

Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Early in the morning!


Thatís what we do with a drunken sailor,
Thatís what we do with a drunken sailor,
Thatís what we do with a drunken sailor,
Early in the morning!

Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Early in the morning!




Other Verses:


What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
What shall we do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning


Put him in a long-boat till he's sober,
Put him in a long-boat till he's sober,
Put him in a long-boat till he's sober,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning


Pull out the plug and wet him all over,
Pull out the plug and wet him all over,
Pull out the plug and wet him all over,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning


Put him in the bilge and make him drink it,
Put him in the bilge and make him drink it,
Put him in the bilge and make him drink it,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning


Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning


Heave him by the leg with a running bowline,
Heave him by the leg with a running bowline,
Heave him by the leg with a running bowline,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning


Keel haul him until he gets sober,
Keel haul him until he gets sober,
Keel haul him until he gets sober,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning


That's what we do with the drunken sailor,
That's what we do with the drunken sailor,
That's what we do with the drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning

Chorus
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Way hay and up she rises,
Earl-eye in the morning




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