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Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor (The Sharecroppers)
See also: Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor (Anchors Aweigh)
#1652: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

'Twas twenty-five or thirty years
since Jack first saw the light,
He came into this world of woe
one dark and stormy night;
He was born on board his father's ship
as she was lying to,
'Bout twenty-five or thirty miles,
southeast of Baccalieu.

Oh, Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

When Jack grew up to be a man
he went to the Labrador,
He fished in Indian Harbour
where his father fished before;
On his returning in the fog,
he met a heavy gale,
And Jack was swept into the sea
and swallowed by a whale.

Oh, Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

Oh, Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

Oh, the whale went straight for Baffin Bay,
'Bout ninety knots an hour,
And every time he'd blow a spray
he'd send it in a shower;
Oh, now, says Jack unto himself,
I must see what it's about,
He caught the whale all by the tail
and turned him inside out.

Oh, Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

Oh, Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.
He was born upon the bright blue sea.
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

Spoken:
Boy, that's some Jack, best I ever saw, yea.
What a man, what a man, what a man.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of part of a theatrical parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore composed in the USA in the 1880s ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by The Sharecroppers (Home, Boys! trk#10, 2003, John Harvey Newman Publishing, Pasadena, NL.) Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved.

See more songs by The Sharecroppers.

Liner note: A great sing-a-long song that tells a story every Newfoundlander knows!

A variant was published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, p.13, 1940; Third edition, p.33, 1955). A variant was also published on p.4 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book.

The video below features a variant recorded for the Ryan's Fancy CBC television series with Fergus O'Byrne, Dermot O'Reilly and Phyllis Morrissey onboard the MV Bonavista on her final voyage down the coast of Labrador in 1986.


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#103: YouTube video by kelticknots
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~


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