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MY JOHNNY WAS A SHOEMAKER

Lyrics: WJ Florence (c1850s), melody: traditional

 

My Johnny was a shoemaker and dearly he loved me,

My Johnny was a shoemaker but now he's gone to sea

With pitch and tar to soil his hands

And to sail across the sea, stormy sea

To sail across the stormy sea

 

His jacket was a deep sky blue and curly was his hair,

His jacket was a deep sky blue it was, I do declare.

To reive the topsail up against the mast

And to sail across the sea, stormy sea

To sail across the stormy sea

 

Some day he’ll be a captain bold with a brave and gallant crew,

Some day he’ll be a captain bold with a sword and spy-glass too.

And when he has his gallant captain’s sword

He'll come home and marry me, marry me

He’ll come home and marry me.

 

And when I am a captain's wife, I'll sing the whole day long,

Yes! When I am a captain's wife then this will be my song.

May peace and plenty bless us all our days

And little ones upon my knee, on my knee

And little ones upon my knee