SHIP AHOY
(All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor)
 
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When the man-o-war or merchant ship comes sailing into port
The Jolly Tar with joy, will sing out 'Land ahoy'
With his pockets full of money and a parrot in a cage
He smiles at all the pretty girls upon the landing stage.

Chorus: All the nice girls love a sailor
All the nice girls love a tar
For there's something about a sailor
Well, you know what sailors are
Bright and breezy, free and easy
He's the ladies pride and joy
Falls in love with Kate and Jane
Then he's off to sea again
Ship ahoy, ship ahoy.

Jack is partial to the yellow girls across the Eastern seas
With lovely almond eyes, the tar they hypnotise
And when he goes to the Sandwich Isles he loves the dusky belles
Dressed a la Salome, coloured beads and oyster shells.

Chorus:

He will spend his money freely and he's generous to his pals
While Jack has got a sou, there's half of it for you
And it's just the same in love and war, he goes through with a smile
And you can trust a sailor, he's a white man all the while.

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by A.J. Mills & Bennett Scott
Performed by Ella Retford (1886-1962)
 
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