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K:G P:verse D | G3/2 A/2 G | E D D | B c d | (B G) F | w:Come all ye young sai-lor men lis-ten to me -I'll E3/2 F/2 E | D D D | A B A | G2 D | w:sing you a song of the fish of the sea Then P:chorus B3/2 A/2 G | D B, D | E C E | (D B,) D | w:blow ye winds west-er-ly west-er-ly blow -We're G3/2 A/2 G | E D D | E G F | G2 || w:bound to the south-'ard so stea-dy she goes % W:1 W:Come all you bold fishermen, listen to me, W:I'll sing you a song of the fish in the sea. W:ch So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow, W:We're bound to the south'ard, so steady we go. W: W:2 W:First comes the bluefish a-wagging his tail, W:He comes up on deck and yells, "All hands make sail!" W: W:3 W:Next come the herrings with their little tails, W:They manned sheets and halyards and set all the sails. W: W: 4 W:Next comes the porpoise with his short snout, W:He jumps on the bridge and yells, "Ready about!" W: W:5 W:Next comes the swordfish, the scourge of the sea, W:The order he gives is, "Helm's a-lee!" W: W:6 W:Then comes the mackerel with his striped back, W:He flops on the bridge and yells, "Board the main tack!" W: W:7 W:Next comes the flounder quite fresh from the ground, W:Crying, "Damn your eyes, chucklehead, mind where you sound!" W: W:8 W:Along comes the shark with his three rows or teeth, W:He, flops on the foreyard and takes a snug reef. W: W:9 W:Next comes the whale, the largest of all, W:Singing out from the bridge, "Haul taut, mainsail, haul!" W: W:10 W:Then comes the catfish with his chucklehead, W:Out in the main chains for a heave of the lead. W: W:11 W:Up jumps the fisherman, stalwart and grim, W:And with his big net he scoops them all in. % % % % % % % % % %]


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