The Saucy Sailor

by GurdyBird

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Sitting somewhere between the historically documented version from around the 18th century and the 1970's arrangement many of you will be familiar with, here's GurdyBird's instrumental arrangement.

A song of rejection, remembrance of self-worth, and with inspirations from the recent visitors in the form of humpback in Cornwall.


I don't sing but these are the words associated with the original tune
"Come, my fairest, come, my dearest,
And listen unto me;
Will you marry a poor sailor boy,
Who has just come home from the sea?"

"You are ragged, sir, you are dirty,
And smell so strong of tar;
Begone, you dirty sailor boy!
Begone, you Jack of tar!"

"Though I'm ragged, miss, though I'm dirty,
And smell so strong of tar,
I have pockets filled with silver, love,
And gold laid up in store."

Soon as these words were spoken,
Down on her knees she fell,
Saying, "Forgive me, noble sailor!
I love the sailor well."

"I will cross o'er the briny ocean,
Where the meadows grow so green;
But since you refused my offer, miss,
Another shall wear the ring."

"You may cross o'er the briny ocean,
Where the meadows grow so green;
But since I refused your offer, sir,
Another may wear the ring."


released May 18, 2016
Traditional Tune arranged, programmed, performed and with parts composed by Tamsyn "GurdyBird" Swingler
Mixed by Paul Betowski
Photo by Paul Betwoski of GurdyBird aboard The Golden Hind



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GurdyBird England, UK

Based in Cornwall, GurdyBird plays a Hurdy-Gurdy over her backing tracks which she performs, programmes and records herself, creating original compositions and unusual renditions of traditional folk tunes & shanties, performing with her music videos projected where possible for a multimedia, story-telling effect. She also roams acoustically at events, performs plugged & also dabbles in remixing. ... more

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