FYo ho, my lads, yo ho,
C7FI'll tell you the tale of a sailor
E7AmWho sailed the Bay of Biscay-o
E7AmAs the Captain of a whaler
GmC7Of his gallant deed you all should know
C7Yo ho, my lads, yo ho: ...
FGmI'll tell the tale of the Nancy Lee,
C7FThe ship that got ship-wrecked at sea,
GmThe bravest man was Captain Brown,
C7FBbFFor he played his Ukulele as the ship went down;
DmBb7A7All the crew were in despair,
DmG7C7Some rushed here And the others rushed there,
FGmBut the Captain sat in the Captain's chair
C7FBbFAnd he played his Ukulele as the ship went down.
FGmThe owner wirelessed to the crew
C7F"Do the best that you can do,
GmShe's only insured for half a crown,
C7FBbFSo I'll be out of pocket if the ship goes down"
DmBb7A7The Captain answered "Holy Gee,
DmG7C7It's all up with the Nancy Lee,
FGmYou're alright but what about me?
C7FBbFI shall wet my Ukulele when the ship goes down"
CG7CG7CC7Yo Ho, My Lads, Yo Ho.
FGmWhen they heard the news at the Admiralty,
C7FThey wirelessed to the Nancy Lee,
Gm"We'd like to speak to Captain Brown
C7FBbFIf he isn't very busy when the ship goes down."
DmBb7A7The Captain answered "What’s to do?"
DmG7C7The Admiralty said, "At half past two
FGmWe shall all be listening in to you,
C7FBbFWhen you play your Ukulele as the ship goes down."
FFGm The pets on board were all scared stiff,
C7FThe cat meeowed and the monkey sniffed,
GmThe old green parrot hung upside-down,
C7FBbFSaying, "Scratch-a-Poll-Polly" as the ship went down.
DmBb7A7The crows-nest fell and it killed the crow,
DmG7C7The starboard watch was two hours slow,
FGmBut the Captain sang, "Vo-do-de-o-do"
C7FBbFAs he played his ukulele when the ship went down.
FGmAn Irishman said, "Begorrah!, I'll fight_
C7FThe very first man that comes in sight"
Gm"You can't do that", said Captain Brown,
C7FBbF"You'll have to box the compass as the ship goes down."
DmBb7A7The skipper issued from the store
DmG7C7A cake of soap to every four,
FGmAnd said, "Now wash yourselves ashore,
C7FBbFWhile I play my ukulele as the ship goes down"
FGm"Have faith in me!", the Captain cried
C7FTo this remark, the crew replied,
Gm"You can trust us, Captain Brown,
C7FBbFTo finish up the rum before the ship goes down."
DmBb7A7The skipper shouted, "No back-chat!
DmG7C7I'll do my best looking after that
FGmDo you mind if I pass 'round the hat
C7FBbFAs I play my ukulele when the ship goes down?"
FGmHa Ha Ha, Hee Hee Hee,
C7FListen to the wisdom of the good lady.
FGmThe skipper shouted fore and aft
C7F"I'll have no slackers aboard this craft!"
GmSo understand", says Captain Brown,
C7FBbF"I want everybody present when the ship goes down"
DmBb7A7"The cook's gone mad and the bosun's lame,
DmG7C7The rudder has gone and the deck's aflame,
FGmMy G string's flat, but all the same,
C7FBbFI shall play my ukulele when the ship goes down."
FHe shouted "Man the rafts,
C7FWith chains and a rope you can bind 'em!"
E7AmThe Bo'sun search'd both fore and aft,
E7AmBut dashed if he could find 'em;
GmC7At the mercy of that raging sea
C7Was the good ship Nancy Lee
FGmThey struggled on against the storm
C7FThe cold, cold wind was far from warm
GmSo all the crew and Captain Brown
C7FBbFPlayed ring-a-ring-a-roses 'til the ship fell down
DmBb7A7They shouted, "Women and children first!"
DmG7C7The engineer came up and cursed,
FGmBut all of a sudden his boiler burst,
C7FBbFAnd he played his ukulele as the ship went down
FGmThe Captain's wife was on the ship,
C7FAnd he was glad she'd made the trip.
GmAs she could swim she might not drown,
C7FBbFSo he tied her to the anchor as the ship went down.
DmBb7A7They sprung a leak just after dark
DmG7C7And through the hole came a hungry shark
FGmIt bit the skipper near the water-mark
C7FBbFSo he played his ukulele as the ship went down.
FGmC7 Singing "Polly wolly doodle all the day"
C7CF Singing "Polly wolly doodle all the day"
FGmHe had sailed the sea, they say,
C7FFor twenty-two years come pancake day
GmSo it's no wonder Captain Brown
C7FBbFWished he was in the army when the ship went down
DmBb7A7He played the part of a bold A.B.
DmG7C7He played the game on land and sea,
FGmBut this was the very first time that he_
C7FBbFHad played his ukulele as the ship went down
FGmWhen they reached the lifeboat, how they cursed
C7FThe second mate had got there first
GmThe cook said "Aye, I'll be the last to drown,
C7FBbF'Cause I'm climbin' up the riggin' as the ship goes down."
DmBb7A7Soon it was a total wreck
DmG7C7The captain stood on the burning deck
FGmThe flames leapt up all around his neck
C7FBbFAnd burnt his ukulele as the ship went down.
FGmThe mate said, "It's okay with me
C7FThe shipwreck suits me to a tee
GmI owe ten bob to Captain Brown,
C7FBbFAnd I'll never have to pay him if the ship goes down"
DmBb7A7"The pessimistic cook said he
DmG7C7Was sure the crew very soon would be
FGmPlaying a harp", said Brown, "Not me!
C7FBbFI shall play my ukulele as the ship goes down."
FGmThe mate had a saxophone: _ _ _
C7FThe cook had a trombone: _ _ _
GmThe drummer had an old tin: _ _ _
C7FBbFAnother had a violin: _ _ _
DmBb7A7The bosun had a banjo: _ _ _
DmG7C7The stoker had a piccolo: _ _ _
FGm"You can play what you like", said Captain Brown,
C7FBbF"But I shall play my ukulele as the ship goes down"
A7DmBb7A7And that is the tale of the Nancy Lee
DmG7C7The ship that got ship-wrecked at sea
FDmGmC7And Captain Brown who was in command
BbC7FCFBbFNow plays his Ukulele in the Mermaid Band.