Blow the man down (Traditional)

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Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2004-05-05).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 382 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Eva Toller. All files are available on (Midi files available for each part.)

General Information

Title: Blow the Man Down
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Oh! blow the man down, bullies, blow the man down,
To me wayaye, blow the man down.
Oh! blow the man down, bullies, blow him away
Give me some time to blow the man down.

As I was a-walking down Paradise Street
A pretty young damsel I chanced for to meet.

She was round in the counter and bluff in the bow,
So I took in all sail and cried, “Way enough now”.

So I tailed her with my flipper and took her in tow
And yard-arm to yard-arm, away we did go.

But as we were going she said unto me:
“There’s a spanking fullrigger just ready for sea.”

But as soon as that packet was clear of the bar
The mate knocked me down with the end of a spar.

So I give you fair warning before we belay
Don’t never take heed of what pretty girls say.