Valparaiso Round the Horn
The Irish Rovers Lyrics


Was a cold and frosty morning in December
When all of me money it was spent
Oh where it went to the log I can't remember
So I down to the shipping office went

Sing Paddy lay back (Paddy lay back)
Take up yer' slack (Iake up yer slack)
Take a turn around your capstan, haul away! (Haul away!)
All ship stations boys be handy
For we're bound for Valaparaiso round the horn!

That day there was a great demand for sailors
For colonies, for Frisco and for France
So I signed aboard the limey barque the Hotspur
And got paralytic drunk on me advance

Sing Paddy lay back (Paddy lay back)
Take up yer' slack (Iake up yer slack)
Take a turn around your capstan, haul away! (Haul away!)
All ship stations boys be handy
For we're bound for Valaparaiso round the horn!

Well now I woke up in the morning stippin' sore
And I knew that I was on me way again
Oh when I heard a voice kickin' in the door
"Harry get up to yer bugger and answer to yer name!"

Sing Paddy lay back (Paddy lay back)
Take up yer' slack (Iake up yer slack)
Take a turn around your capstan, haul away! (Haul away!)
All ship stations boys be handy
For we're bound for Valaparaiso round the horn!

I wish that I was at the Jolly SailorSing Paddy lay back (Paddy lay back)
Take up yer' slack (Iake up yer slack)
Take a turn around your capstan, haul away! (Haul away!)
All ship stations boys be handy
For we're bound for Valaparaiso round the horn!

I wish that I was at the Jolly Sailor
Along with Irish Molly drinking beer
Then I thought, "What jolly lads were sailors?"
Then with me flipper I wiped away a tear

Sing Paddy lay back (Paddy lay back)
Take up yer' slack (Iake up yer slack)
Take a turn around your capstan, haul away! (Haul away!)
All ship stations boys be handy
For we're bound for Valaparaiso round the horn!

Sing Paddy lay back (Paddy lay back)
Take up yer' slack (Iake up yer slack)
Take a turn around your capstan, haul away! (Haul away!)
All ship stations boys be handy
For we're bound for Valaparaiso round the horn!
Oh yes we're bound for San Francisco around the horn!

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Ian Burt


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