Gordon Bok – Handsome Cabin Boy chords

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[Intro]
Bb     Ab   Bb

[Verse]
Ab BbIt's just a pretty female, as you may understand
Eb Ab BbHer mind being bent for rambling into a foreign land
Eb Ab BbShe dressed herself in sailor's clothes, or so it does appear
Ab BbAnd she signed with a captain, to serve him for a year
[Verse]
Ab BbThe captain's wife, she being on board, she seemed in great joy
Eb Ab BbTo think the captain had engaged such a handsome cabin boy
Eb Ab BbAnd now and then she slipped him a kiss, and she would have liked to toy
Ab BbBut twas the captain found out the secret of the handsome cabin boy
[Verse]
Ab BbHer cheeks they were like roses and her hair all in a curl
Eb Ab BbThe sailors often smiled and said, he looks just like a girl
Eb Ab BbBut eating of the captain's biscuit, her colour did destroy
Ab BbAnd the waist did swell of pretty Nell, the handsome cabin boy
[Instrumental] Bb Ab Bb [Verse]
Ab BbTwas down the Bay of Biscay our gallant ship did plough
Eb Ab BbOne night amongst the sailors, a helluva flurry and row
Eb Ab BbIt tumbled the men from out their hammocks, their sleep it did destroy
Ab BbTerrible cursin' and a-groanin' of the handsome cabin boy
[Verse]
Ab Bb"Oh doctor dear, oh doctor," the cabin boy did cry
Eb Ab Bb"My time has come, I am undone and I must surely die"
Eb Ab BbThe doctor come a-running and smiling at the fun
Ab BbFor to think a sailor lad should have a daughter or a son
[Verse]
Ab BbThe sailors when they heard the news, they all did stand and stare
Eb Ab BbThe child belonged to none of them, they solemnly did swear
Eb Ab BbThe captain's wife she says to him, "My dear I wish you joy
Ab BbFor it's either you or I betrayed the handsome cabin boy"
[Verse]
Ab BbNow sailors take your tot o' rum and drink success to trade
Eb Ab BbAnd likewise to the cabin boy that was neither man nor maid
Eb Ab BbHere's hoping the wars don't rise again, our sailors to destroy
Ab BbAnd here's hoping for a jolly lot more, like the handsome cabin boy
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