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The Good Ship Kangaroo (Padraig Grimes) videos
On Board The Kangaroo
#456: YouTube video by tillyireland ©2013
~ Used with permission ~

Once I was a waiting man who lived at home at ease,
Now I am a mariner who ploughs the angry seas;
Oh, I always loved seafaring life,
I bid my love adieu,
And shipped as steward and cook, me boys,
on board the Kangaroo.

No, I never thought she would prove false
or either prove untrue,
As we sailed away through Milford Bay
on board the
Kangaroo.

Think of me, oh think of me,
she mournfully did say,
When you are in a foreign land
and I am far away;
Oh, take this lucky thrupenny bit,
'twill make you bear in mind,
The loving, trusting, faithful heart
you've left in tears behind.

Well, cheer up, cheer up,
me own true love,
don't weep so bitterly,
She sobbed, she sighed, she choked,
she cried, she could not say goodbye;
No, I won't be gone for very long
but for a month or two,
And when I return again,
of course I'll visit you.

No, I never thought she would prove false
or either prove untrue,
As we sailed away through Milford Bay
on board the
Kangaroo.

Now, me ship it was homeward bound
from many a foreign shore,
And many foreign presents unto my love I bore;
I brought tortoises from Tenerife
and ties from Timbuktu,
A China rat, a Bengal cat and a Bombay cockatoo.

Paid off, I sought her dwelling
on a street above the town,
Where an ancient dame upon the line
was hanging out her gown;
Oh, where is my love? She's vanished, sir,
about six months ago,
With a smart young man who drives a van
for Chaplin Son and Co.

No, I never thought she would prove false
or either prove untrue,
As we sailed away through Milford Bay
on board the
Kangaroo.

Here's health to dreams of married life,
to soaps and suds and blue,
The heart, true love and patent starch
and washing soda, too;
Oh, I'll go unto some foreign land,
no longer can I stay,
And with some China Hottentot
I'll throw my life away.

Oh, my love she is no foolish girl,
her age it is two score,
My love she is no spinster,
she's been married twice before;
No, I cannot say it was her wealth
that stole my heart away,
She's a washer in the laundry
for one and nine a day.

No, I never thought she would prove false
or either prove untrue,
As we sailed away through Milford Bay
on board the
Kangaroo.

No, I never thought she would prove false
or either prove untrue,
As we sailed away through Milford Bay
on board the
Kangaroo.
As we sailed away through Milford Bay
on board the
Kangaroo>.

####.... Harry Clifton [1831-1872], published in 1865. Also published as an undated broadside ballad, On Board The Kangaroo by an unknown printer, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: 2806 c.14(48) ....####
The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Padraig Grimes of Castlebar, Ireland.

From the British Musical Biography, pp.94-95: Clifton, Henry Robert, better known as Harry Clifton, author and composer of comic songs, born at Hoddesden, Hereford, England in 1831, died, Hanunersmith, London, 1872. Well-known in his day as author and composer of music-hall lyrics of the "motto" variety, among which were Paddle Your Own Canoe; Pulling Hard Against The Stream; Shelling Green Peas; Work, Boys, Work and many others. He also wrote Polly Perkins Of Paddington Green and other songs of a mock-sentimental type, such as the Agreeable Young Man; Convivial Man; Jemima Brown; On Board Of The Kangaroo [1865], etc. For many years he resided in Glasgow, Scotland, as a music-hall singer.

Note: There were several ships named Kangaroo, including a schooner from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and another from St John's, NL.

The video below features a live performance by John Walsh at the Hong Kong Folk Society.


#408: YouTube video by raymondcrooke ©2008
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