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Come all you wild young men
And a warning take by me
Never to lead your single life astray
And into no bad company

As I myself have done
It being in the merry month of May
When I was pressed by a sea-captain
And on board a man-o-war I was sent

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We sailed on the ocean so wide
And our bonny bonny flag we let fly
Let every man stand true to his gun
For the Lord knows who must die

Oh our captain was wounded full sore
And so were the rest of his men
Our main mast rigging it was scattered on the deck
So that we were obliged to give in

Oh our decks they were spattered with blood
And so loudly the cannons did roar
And thousands of times have I wished myself at home
And all along with my Polly on the shore

She's a tall and a slender girl
She's a dark and a-rolling eye
And here am I lie a-bleeding on the deck
And for her sweet sake I would die

So farewell to me parents and me friends
Farewell my dear Polly too
I'd ne'er would have crossed this salt sea so wide
If I had have been ruled by you

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