Index of Lyrics
Bowline

as led by Barry Finn on Fathom This © 2007
Barry Finn and Neil Downey

So long you've been to sea, me boys,
You cannot tie a bowline
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!
So long you've been to sea, me boys,
You cannot tie a bowline
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!

The bowline, the bowline,
You cannot tie a bowline,
Haul on the bowline,
The bowline, haul!

Well, breeze an' storm an' sun an' rain
I never seen a girl like Lucy Jane,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!
Well, breeze an' storm an' sun an' rain
I never find a girl like Lucy Jane,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!

The bowline, the bowline,
You cannot tie a bowline,
Haul on the bowline,
The bowline, haul!

I pulled her dress above her knee
She says "Young man, now leave me be!"
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!
I pulled her dress above her knee
She says "Young man, now leave me be!"
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!

The bowline, the bowline,
You cannot tie a bowline,
Haul on the bowline,
The bowline, haul!

I'll tell me Ma when I get home
These Windward gals won't leave me 'lone,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!
I'll tell me Ma when I get home
These Windward gals won't leave me 'lone,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!

The bowline, the bowline,
You cannot tie a bowline,
Haul on the bowline,
The bowline, haul!

They spend me money so quick on shore,
Pack my bags to sea once more,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!
They spend me money so quick on shore,
Pack my bags to sea once more,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!

The bowline, the bowline,
You cannot tie a bowline,
Haul on the bowline,
The bowline, haul!

You say you've been to sea long time,
You ain't worth a bloody dime,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!
You say you've been to sea long time,
You ain't worth a bloody dime,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline haul!

The bowline, the bowline,
You cannot tie a bowline,
Haul on the bowline,
The bowline, haul!

This version comes from the Bahamas and can be found on the Lomax's collection Deep River of Song: Bahamas 1935.