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Jack Tar
Traditional, PD. Recorded by Darby O'Gill, "Waitin' for a Ride", 1996,
Dog Sheet Music.
Notes: I heard this on an old album sung by an old Scottish fellow. It is
a particularly obscure song.
Jack Tar
Traditional

                Am             G                  Em
A sailor was walkin’ one fine summers’ day
 Am               G             D               Am
A squire and his lady were passin’ their way
                  G            Am    G        Am          G               Am       Dm
And the sailor heard the squire say: Tonight with you, love, I mean to lay
           Am                                             Em       Am   (Em-Am)
With me doomy-amma dingy-amma doomy-ammma day

You must tie a string all around yer finger
With the other end of the string hanging out yer winder
And I’ll come by and I’ll pull that string, then you must come down and let me in
With me doomy-amma dingy-amma doomy-ammma day

Thought Jack to himself: I’ve a mind to try
To see if a poor sailor can’t win him that prize
So he came by and he pulled that string, then she came down and she let old Jack in
With his doomy-amma dingy-amma doomy-ammma day

The squire came by he was whistlin’ a song
Thinkin’ to himself that it wouldn’t be long
But when he got there no string he found. Behold his hopes were all dashed to the ground
With his doomy-amma dingy-amma doomy-ammma day

The maiden arose it was just gettin’ light
She jumped up from the bed with a terrible fright
For there lay old Jack in his tarry old shirt. Behold his hands were all covered with dirt
And his doomy-amma dingy-amma doomy-ammma day

Oh what do you want you tarry sailor
Sneakin’ in a lady’s bedroom to steal her treasure
Oh no, said Jack, I just pulled that string, then you came down and you let me in
With me doomy-amma dingy-amma doomy-ammma day

Then Jack said: Oh forgive me I pray
And I’ll steal away very quietly in the dawn of the day
Oh no, said she, don’t go too far, for I never will part with my jolly Jack tar
And his doomy-amma dingy-amma doomy-ammma day
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