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Bully Brown (Kenneth Peacock)

Oh, first he was the captain of a coal-yard,
Next he became a Liverpool policeman;
And after that got broken down,
He shipped as a mate with Bully Brown.
Saying, tow row row, lay long now,
Be handy-o, brave boys be handy.

Our captain he did carkle late, sir,
He was not fit to be his mate, sir;
He kicked him out of the cabin like a dog,
Because he could not write his log.
Saying, tow row row, lay long now,
Be handy-o, brave boys be handy.

Then he went forward in a funk, sir,
He asked the sailors for a bunk, sir;
The sailors told him flat all 'round,
That he'd have to go back to Bully Brown.
Saying, tow row row, lay long now,
Be handy-o, brave boys be handy.

Then to the cabin he went back, sir,
He worked his favor in a crack, sir;
The very next thing came in his head,
Was to cheat us out of a pound of bread.
Saying, tow row row, lay long now,
Be handy-o, brave boys be handy.

As true to say I am a sinner,
The murphies there you'll get for dinner;
The bread as hard as any brass,
And the beef's as salt as Lot's wife's ass.
Saying, tow row row, lay long now,
Be handy-o, brave boys be handy.

Oh, now my song is almost ended,
I hope there's no one I've offended;
There's one thing more I will tell you,
And that's the names of our ship's crew.
Saying, tow row row, lay long now,
Be handy-o, brave boys be handy.

There's Hampshire Harry and old Ned Dingles,
Hampshire Tom and Jack Kringles,
Sitting Tom and Bully Brown,
And Long Scottie from Lollywhack town.
Saying, tow row row, lay long now,
Be handy-o, brave boys be handy.

####.... Author unknown ....####

Collected in 1959 from James Decker [1909-1993] of Parson's Pond, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.862-863, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that the "tow row row" of the chorus is pronounced to rhyme with "now." Also, in verse two "carkle" is probably derived from the archaic Middle English word 'cark,' meaning to work anxiously or to fret.


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