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Jackaroe: Song Lyrics

December 17, 2005

There was a wealthy merchant, in London he did dwell
He had a lovely daughter, the truth to you I’ll tell,
Oh, the truth to you I’ll tell.

She had sweethearts a-plenty and men of high degree
There was none but Jack the sailor, her true love ever be…
Oh, her true love ever be.
Now Jackie’s gone a-sailing with trouble on his mind
To leave his native country and his family far behind …
Oh, his family far behind.
She went into a tailor shop and dressed in men’s array
And stepped on board a vessel to convey herself away …
Oh, conveyed herself away.
“Before you step aboard, sir, your name I’d like to know”
She smiled on all her countenance, “They call me Jackaroe”
“Oh, they call me Jackaroe.”
“Your waist is very slender, an’ your fingers neat and small
Your cheeks too red and rosy to face the cannonball!”
Oh, to face the cannonball
“I know my waist is slender, my fingers neat and small
But it would not make me tremble to see ten thousand fall”
Oh, to see a thousand fall.
The war soon being over, she went and looked around,
And among the dead and dying her darling boy she found.
Oh, her darling boy she found.
She picked him up all in her arms and carried him to town
And sent for a physician who quickly healed his wounds
Oh, he quickly healed his wounds.
This couple they got married and well they did agree
This couple they got married, so why not you and me . . .

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