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Botany Bay (Burlesque Comedy) tabs, MIDI
See also: To The Shores Of Botany Bay (Makem/Clancy)
And also: Botany Bay (Masterless Men)
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Fare-well to old England for e-ver,
Fare-well to my rum culls as well;
Fare-well to the well-known Old Bailee,
Where I used for to cut such a swell.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

There's the captain as is our commander,
There's the bo'sun and all the ship's crew;
There's the first and second class passengers,
Knows what we poor convicts go through.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

'Tain't leavin' old England we cares about,
'Tain't cos we mispels what we knows;
But becos all we light-fingered gentry,
Hops around with a log on our toes.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

For seven long years I'll be staying here,
For seven long years and a day;
For meeting a cove in an area,
And taking his ticker away.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

Oh, had I the wings of a turtle-dove,
I'd soar on my pinions so high;
Slap bang to tha arms of my Polly love,
And in her sweet presence I'd die.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

Now, all my young dookies and duchesses,
Take warning from what I've to say;
Mind all is your own as you touchesses,
Or you'll find us in Botany Bay.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
And we're bound for Botany Bay.

####.... Henry Pottinger Stephens and William Yardley. Written for the burlesque comedy, Little Jack Shephard (London, 1885; Melbourne, 1886). First published in Australia in the Sydney Golden Songster in 1893 ....####
The video above features a guitar performance by Travis Hatcher of Labrador and Nova Scotia.

From Princeton Word Net:
Pinion - flight feather: any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.

From A Dictionary Of Slang and Unconventional English:
Cove - man, companion, chap, fellow, rogue; master or landlord of a house or shop.
Rum Culls - drinking companions.


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Briskly 3/4

Fare- [C] well to old [G7] England for [C] e-ver,
Fare- [C] well to my [F] rum culls as [G7] well;
Fare- [C] well to the [F] well known Old [C] Bailee,
Where I [C] used for to [G7] cut such a [C] swell.


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