What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?

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Traditional Lyrics

VERSE 1

Dm 
What shall we do with the drunken sailor,

C 
What shall we do with the drunken sailor

Dm 
What shall we do with the drunken sailor,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning?

Hooray and up she rises,

C 
Hooray and up she rises,

Dm 
Hooray and up she rises,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning.

VERSE 2

Dm 
Put him in the longboat 'til he's sober,

C 
Put him in the longboat 'til he's sober,

Dm 
Put him in the longboat 'til he's sober,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning?

Hooray and up she rises,

C 
Hooray and up she rises,

Dm 
Hooray and up she rises,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning.

VERSE 3

Dm 
Pull out the plug and wet him all over,

C 
Pull out the plug and wet him all over,

Dm 
Pull out the plug and wet him all over,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning?

Hooray and up she rises,

C 
Hooray and up she rises,

Dm 
Hooray and up she rises,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning.

VERSE 4

Dm 
Put him in the scuppers with a hose-pipe on him,

C 
Put him in the scuppers with a hose-pipe on him,

Dm 
Put him in the scuppers with a hose-pipe on him,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning?

Hooray and up she rises,

C 
Hooray and up she rises,

Dm 
Hooray and up she rises,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning.

VERSE 5

Dm 
Heave him by the leg in a runnin' bowline,

C 
Heave him by the leg in a runnin' bowline,

Dm 
Heave him by the leg in a runnin' bowline,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning?

Hooray and up she rises,

C 
Hooray and up she rises,

Dm 
Hooray and up she rises,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning.

VERSE 6

Dm 
Tie him to the taffrail when she's yard-arm under,

C 
Tie him to the taffrail when she's yard-arm under,

Dm 
Tie him to the taffrail when she's yard-arm under,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning?

Hooray and up she rises,

C 
Hooray and up she rises,

Dm 
Hooray and up she rises,

Am    C      Dm 
Early in the morning.

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