Poor Little Liza
From J.S. Scott, London, England
Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection, AFC 1972/001 Cylinder 041 08:47; Disc sides 088 04:11, 399 02:12; MS p. 09019
Verses 1 and 4 are from Scott. Additional verses from Stan Hugill’s Shanties from the Seven Seas.
- Oh I’m going up to London, I’ll marry little Liza
Oh Liza is a pretty gal, and everybody knows it!
- My Liza she’s a lady, you’d never call her shady
But Liza she’s a flash one, she loves a salty sailor.
- As she went down to market, she met a handsome sailor,
She met a handsome sailor, just paid off from a whaler.
- Said pretty boy to Liza, why don’t you two get married?
- But now he’s gone and left her, that man who was her keeper.
He’s gone north in a whaler, just like any sailor.
- Still she loves all sailors, she brings ‘em rum and ‘baccy
Still she loves all sailors, she loves ‘em right handy.
- I’ll see her boys tomorrow and oh, we’re gonna holler.
I’ll see her boys tomorrow, and you know what’ll follow.
- We’ll haul and stretch her luff boys, the bastard’s gettin’ tough boys.
Haul and pull together, let’s haul for better weather.