I Joined a Ship to Make a Trip
From George Simpson, Dundee, Scotland
Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection AFC 1972/001 Cylinder 077 07:28; Disc side 160 02:25; MS p. 00132.
George Simpson only sang the two verses used here as 1 and 5. I supplied the rest with a nod to Dundee which Carpenter associated with Simpson. Rio was chosen as a southern destination, though I suspect few, if any, vessels ever sailed there from Dundee.
- Oh I joined a ship to make a trip away to the southern seas
And how that ship she could skip across the briny seas.
- Oh we sailed away from old Dundee upon the flowing tide
With a fo’c’sle full of greenhands all puking o’er the side.
- Oh they said that they was sailors, they said they was the best
But I think they got their training in the house of Paddy West.
- For they couldn’t hand, nor reef, nor steer, it was a sorry case
And they wouldn’t know a buntline if it hit ‘em in the face.
- It was early every morning the mate the turned us to
It was early every morning he used to put us through.
- T’was belayin’ pin persuasion the mate he had to try
And if you didn’t like it he would surely black your eye.
- When we arrived in Rio, I heard the old mate say
He’d never seen a tougher crew from Hell to Frisco Bay.