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In which a skanky old pirate tries to persuade the fragrant Sally he's worth waiting for. Good luck with that, then! The 'Oggin' is an old slang term for the sea.


A sailor's life is a hard life, Sally
For an old man, Sally, it's a bloody hard slog
One more trip on the Oggin, Sally
And that'll be the end for the old sea dog

I'm off to sea, for six months more
When I come back I'll be knocking at your door
With a fine gold ring for the girl I adore
And I'll go on the Oggin no more

Don't you go off with a young man, Sally
He won't know what an old man knows
He'll cast you off like an old shoe, Sally
Sure as the spring tide ebbs and flows


Don't you go off with a rich man, Sally
He'll turn your head with ribbons and bows
And a house in the country with many fine jewels
And what would a nice girl want with those?


Two weeks out and there's rats in the galley
Jiggers in me feet and the toothache too
The bosun's mate is a Liverpool scally
And he's in love with the whole damn crew


It's been a long time since I left you, Sally,
On the dockside, Sally, with a tear in your eye
And I hope you'll be there in the dockside, Sally,
When I come home sailing, by and by

Chorus x3


from Sweet Apples from a Lemon Tree, released January 29, 2021
Barbara Thow, additional vocal


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