WHAT DOES A SAILOR CARE?
 
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Once more ashore, with pals galore
I've had a wonderful time
The storms at sea are rough, but gee
They'll be some dirty work tonight.

Still the storm may rage and blow
What does the sailor care?
Let it hail or rain or snow
What does the sailor care?
When it comes to lady loves
You'll never beat a tar
Short or tall, he gets them all
Well, you know what sailors are.

If he's on the sea or shore
What does the sailor care?
For the cannon's deadly roar
What does the sailor care?
And if he's wrecked on a desert isle
Where a girls prospects are bare
Well, Nelson only lost one eye
So what does a sailor care?

If he meets a Frenchie maid
What does the sailor care?
Though a scandal may be laid
What does the sailor care?
If the pretty maiden murmurs
Comment allez vous?
He says, well, I might do
But it all depends on you.

If the Captain's first ashore
What does the sailor care?
On the land there's skirts galore
What does the sailor care?
When flirting with the Zulu girls
If the strings of beads they wear
Well, he can easily cut the strings
What does the sailor care?

If the seas run mountains high
So what does the sailor care?
They'll come down by and by
What does the sailor care?
If he says, 'I'll kiss the first
Thing in a skirt I see'
Well, it's awkward if the first thing
Is a Scotsman from Dundee.

If he knows there's rocks about
Well, what does a sailor care?
If a big wave knocks him out
Well what does a sailor care?
And if he should die and go below
And meets old Nick down there
Well, he's been a stoker all his life
So What does a sailor care?

[Change of tune]

We're rough, we're tough, we're real hot stuff
But our hearts just long for home sweet home
'Cos the time comes when you get fed up with
The saucy dames that hang around you
With their painted lips and their snakey hips
Oh look out when they have their arms around you
They pinch your dough and away they go
Till in the local clink they find you
That's the time you'll long for your home sweet home
And the wife and kids you've left behind you.
 
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Written and composed by Leslie Sarony
Performed by Hetty King (1883-1972)
 
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