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chico Lyr Add: My Johnny (Johnnies been on the sea) (3) Lyr Add: My Johnny (Johnnies been on the sea) 30 Mar 06


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My Johnny's been on the sea, my Johnny's been on the shore
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My Johnny's been to Ireland, where he has been before
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You're welcome home, dear Johnny, you're welcome home, from sea
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Last night my daughter, Polly, was dreaming of thee
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Was dreaming of thee, last night my daughter Polly was dreaming of thee

'What luck had you dear Johnny?' 'Oh, very bad indeed;
I lost my ship and cargo upon the raging sea
Go bring your daughter Polly, and set her down by me
To drown the meancholy, and married we will be'

'My daughter Polly's absent and has been so today
And if she were at home, John, she would not let you stay
My daughter Polly's very rich, John, and you, very poor
And if she was at home, John, she'd turn you out-of-doors'

John looked very weary, and hung down his head
And called for a candle, to light him up to bed
'The beds are full of strangers and have been so this week
And now poor Johnny, your lodging you must seek'

John looked upon the people, and looked upon them all
He looked upon the landlady, to her he gave a call
Twenty shillings of the new, and thirty of the old
John then drew out his both hands full of gold

With the sight of the money made the old lady rue
'I hope my daughter Polly will soon return to you
I didn't speak in earnest, I only spoke in jest
Without any exception, she loves you the best'

Down came Miss Polly with a smiling face
She gave John a sweet kiss and then a slight embrace
'My great beds are empty, and have been all this day
My great beds are empty, and there you may stay'

'Before I'd be within our beds, I'd be within the street
For when I had no money my lodging I might seek
Now I have money plenty, I'll make the tavern hurl
A bottle of good brandy and a many a prettier girl'

Come all you young sailors, wherever you may be
Who expect to make your money, out on the raging sea
Be sure to make good use of it, and lay it up on store
For without that companion, she'll turn you from the door


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