DRUNKEN SAILOR

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  • DRUNKEN SAILOR
    “Drunken Sailor” is a famous traditional sea shanty also known as “What Shall We Do
    with a Drunken Sailor?” It is now rarely called by its other name “Sailor’s Holiday”. The
    theme of the song is quite self-explanatory. It begins with the question, “What shall we do
    with a drunken sailor, early in the morning?” (Or sometimes “What do you do,” etc.)
    Each verse thereafter suggests a method of sobering–or castigating, or simply abusing–
    the hypothetical sailor. The suggestions range from the realistic to the highly comical, and
    some verses deviate from this theme, usually with a humorous intent.
    “Drunken Sailor” is a work song often sung when raising a sail or raising the anchor,
    which is the reference for “Up She Rises” in the song’s chorus. Such songs were the only
    ones allowed in the Royal Navy. Most often, only two or three verses were sung but
    verses were often added until the task was completed.
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    Earl-eye in the morning!
    Way hay and up she rises
    Way hay and up she rises
    Way hay and up she rises
    Earl-eye in the morning
    Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
    Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
    Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
    Earl-eye in the morning!
    Put him in the hold with the Captain’s daughter,
    Put him in the hold with the Captain’s daughter,
    Put him in the hold with the Captain’s daughter,
    Earl-eye in the morning!
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    Earl-eye in the morning!
    Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
    Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
    Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
    Earl-eye in the morning!
    Throw him in the lock-up ’til he’s sober,
    Throw him in the lock-up ’til he’s sober,
    Throw him in the lock-up ’til he’s sober,
    Earl-eye in the morning!
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    Earl-eye in the morning!
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    What do you do with a drunken sailor,
    Earl-eye in the morning