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Paddy Lay Back
Jeff Warner Lyrics


'Twas on a cold an' windy mornin' in December, (December)
When all of me money, it was spent (spent, spent),
And where the hell it went I can't remember (remember),
So down to the shippin' office I went, (went, went),

Oh, Paddy, lay back (Paddy, lay back)!
Take in the slack (take in the slack)!
Take a turn around the capstan - heave a pawl!
About ship, stations, boys, be handy (be handy)!
We're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

Now well, that day there was a great demand for sailors (for sailors),
For the Colonies and for 'Frisco and for France (France, France),
So I joined a Limey barque they called the Hotspur (the Hotspur),
An' I got paralytic drunk on my advance ('vance, 'vance),

Paddy, lay back (Paddy, lay back)!
Take in the slack (take in the slack)!
Take a turn around the capstan - heave a pawl!
About ship, stations, boys, be handy (be handy)!
We're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

Now well it was on the quarterdeck where first I saw 'em (saw them),
Such an ugly bunch I'd never seen before ('fore, 'fore);
For there captain had shipped a shanghai'd crew of Dutchmen,
An' it made me poor ol' heart feel sick an' sore.

Paddy, lay back (Paddy, lay back)!
Take in the slack (take in the slack)!
Take a turn around the capstan - heave a pawl!
About ship, stations, boys, be handy (be handy)!
We're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

Well I asked a mate which watch was mine-O (a' mine-O),
He said he'd soon see which watch was which (which, which);
Oh an' he blew me down an' he kicked in the stern-o (a'stern-O),
Callin' me a dirty, lousy, son-of-a-bitch.

Paddy, lay back (Paddy, lay back)!
Take in the slack (take in the slack)!
Take a turn around the capstan - heave a pawl!
About ship, stations, boys, be handy (be handy)!
We're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

Now it was then I made me mind up that I'd leave her (leave her),
I'd get a job and live me life ashore (shore, shore);
So I jumped overboard and swam ashore boys (shore boys),
An' in the English Bar I found a whore.

Paddy, lay back (Paddy, lay back)!
Take in the slack (take in the slack)!
Take a turn around the capstan - heave a pawl!
About ship, stations, boys, be handy (be handy)!
We're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

But Jimmy the Crimp he knew a thing or two, sir (o'-two, sir),
An' quickly I was outward bound again (again, again);
On a Limey to the Chinchas for guanner (guanner),
An' here I am singin' the ol' refrain ('frain, 'frain).

Paddy, lay back (Paddy, lay back)!
Take in the slack (take in the slack)!
Take a turn around the capstan - heave a pawl!
About ship, stations, boys, be handy (be handy)!
We're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

So here we are, once again at sea, boys (a'sea, boys),
The same ol' garbage... all over again (again, again);
So won't you stamp the capstan round an' make a noise, boys (a noise, boys),
An' join with me in singin' the ol' refrain ('frain, 'frain).

Paddy, lay back (Paddy, lay back)!
Take in the slack (take in the slack)!
Take a turn around the capstan - heave a pawl!
About ship, stations, boys, be handy (be handy)!
We're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

Contributed by Tristan R. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Jeff, life long friend of Fud. I grew up on Black Pearl .😀👍

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