MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
"My father was a sea captain…"
Performed by Pat Sullivan Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape Track
Community: Calvert Audio:
Genre: Toast Audio:

Transcription

Male voice: (speaks) All right, all right.

Male voice: (speaks) This is about a man who was given command of a ship in his father's place. And to create an impression for his crew he invited 'em to a bar room and ordered a drink and this was the toast he gave when he ordered the drink.

Male voice: (speaks) Okay

Male voice: (gives toast) My father was a sea captain: every hair on his breast was a rope yarn; every finger on his hand was a marlin spike. So fill 'er up again Mr. Public House, and fill mine to the brim so that the eyes of the rigging will flow over the glass for I feel as weather-beaten as a lower hank on an Icelander's outside jib. I didn't come through the cabin windows, I came in through the horse pipes and I beat me way aft like a man. And I've been through the mill, ground and bolted, and I came out like a way down east Johnnycake - good when hot but when cold, sour and indigestible. You'll find me so.

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