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Hoist Her Up from Down Below

From J.S. Scott, London, England

Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection AFC 1972/001 Cylinder 041 00:00; Disc sides 087 01:12, 398 00:00; MS pp. 03527-03528, 09018

  1. Down below we’re bound to go
    Down below oh ho, ho
    Down below can’t you hear me blow
    Hoist her up from down below.
  2. Rosalee she had promised me
    For to marry me when I come home from sea.
  3. Rosalee she’s sweet and she’s tall
    She’s tiny boots and a parasol
  4. I know you Eliza
    What ya gonna do, me Liza honey?
  5. I was drunk last night and drunk befo
    But I’m damned if I’m gona get drunk any mo.
  6. I couldn’t get a chance for to play the banjo.
    I couldn’t get a chance for to play the banjo.
  7. Oh the turkey buzzards and they fly so high
    And they flap their wings, boys, beneath the sky.
  8. Captain, Captain you told me so
    Around Cape Horn we are bound for to go.
  9. And I never see de like since I been born
    Oh we’ll all go a-swimmin’ around Cape Horn.
  10. I’ll tell you the truth and I’ll tell you no lies
    Oh the turkey buzzards and they fly so high.
  11. But when I get on-a yonder shore
    I ain’t a-goin’ round Cape Horn any more.
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