What shall we do with the drunken sailor (Traditional)

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Editor: John Brown (submitted 2019-09-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A very simple arrangement for men's voices.
Arranger: John Brown
Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TTB
Editor: Jeremy Rawson (submitted 2014-06-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Tongue-in-cheek arrangement of the sea shanty.
Arranger: Jeremy Rawson
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Editor: Jens Klimek (submitted 2010-05-30).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Concert arrangement of the popular shanty song.
Arranger: Jens Klimek
Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSAATTB
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Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2004-10-11).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 219 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: All files are available on http://www.evatoller.se/main_mixed_titles_S-OE.html (Midi files available for each part.)
Arranger: Eva Toller
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB

General Information

Title: What shall we do with the drunken sailor
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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What shall we do with the drunken sailor,
Early in the morning?

Put him in the longboat till he's sober,
Early in the morning!
Hooray and up she rises,
Early in the morning!

Pull out the plug and wet him all over,

Give him a hair of the dog that bit him,

Give him a dose of salt and water,

Give him a dash with a bossom’s rubber,

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

Shave his belly with a rusty razor,

That's what we do with the drunken sailor,