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Eliza Lee


This was a capstan shanty, and a favorite in Yankee Packets.
Song also was known as Clear the Track, Let the Bulgine Run.
Other versions have verses with the Rosalind, a ship of the
Blackball line. Packets were so-called because they were ships
that carried mail from Britain to America. In 1818, the Blackball
line was founded by a group of Quakers. This was the first line
to have a regular schedule. Seamen serving aboard were called
"Packet Rats". Most of the seamen hailed from New York or were
Liverpool-Irish. Bulgine was a slang term at the time for engine.

Music by - Johnny Collins


Lyrics

The smartest clipper you can find is,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
Shes the Margaret Evans on a blue sky line!
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.

To my aye rig a jig in a junting gun,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
With Eliza Lee all on my knee,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.


Oh the Margaret Evans on the blue star line,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
Shes never a day behind the time,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.

To my aye rig a jig in a junting gun,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
With Eliza Lee all on my knee,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.


And when we're over in New York Town,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
We'll dance their bowly girls around,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.

To my aye rig a jig in a junting gun,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
With Eliza Lee all on my knee,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.


Oh, we're outward bound for the west creek pier
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
We'll go ashore at liverpool pier,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.

To my aye rig a jig in a junting gun,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
With Eliza Lee all on my knee,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.


Oh, when we're back in Liverpool town,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
I'll stand your whiskeys all around!
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.

To my aye rig a jig in a junting gun,
Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
With Eliza Lee all on my knee,
Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.




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