Lyrics

Drunken Sailor

Halyard, Stamp-and-go, Walk-away or Runaway Shanty

Traditional

Oh, what do you do with a drunken sailor?
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
Ear-li in the mornin’?

Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Ear-li in the mornin’?

Put him in the longboat ’till he’s sober

Make him sleep with the captain’s daughter

[Et cetera.  There are many, many verses used for this song.]

That’s what you do with a drunken sailor!
That’s what you do with a drunken sailor!
That’s what you do with a drunken sailor!
Ear-li in the mornin’!

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Song Notes

Described by Hugill as a “Stamp-and-go, walk away or runaway shanty.”  This is an extremely well known song in the United States, taught in beginners music classes, in scouting groups and is popular among the fandoms that identify as “pirates.”