THE LASS WHO LOVED A SAILOR
 
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William Tailor came from sea - a bold Jack Tar? Not half
He measured fifty round the chest, and twenty round the calf
William Tailor won my heart, first time he cried, 'Heave to'
For, oh girls, oh you know, I do so love a bit of blue
William cried, 'Avast, there! Straight I thought that I was shot
Though I don't know what avast means, I 'Avasted' on the spot.

Chorus: I was fond and true to my little bit of blue
And his name was William Tailor
But he diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddled me
The lass who loved a sailor.


Willaim Tailor loved port wine, and mopped it by the quart
He would be busy, if he had a wife in every port
William had a winning way, I own it now, with sobs
And, oh he was a handy man, especially borrowing 'bobs'
When I saw the way he ate at our house every day
I rechristened Willaim Tailor -yes! My little 'Stowaway'.

Chorus: I was fond and true to my little bit of blue
And his name was William Tailor
But he diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddled me
The lass who loved a sailor.


William Tailor touched my heart, and touched my pocket too
For, through his 'touchy-touchy' all my bit of savings flew
All my gold and silver, and my coppers too, he clutched
Oh! girls, I was so love-sick, I believe that I was 'touched'
Willaim, at the parting hour, was - you know - love is blind
When I sang out, 'Ship ahoy! remember what you've left behind.'

Chorus: I was fond and true to my little bit of blue
And his name was William Tailor
But he diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddle-diddled me
The lass who loved a sailor.
 
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Performed by Vesta Victoria (1874-1951)
 
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