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This stands for ‘What Shall We Do With A Drowsy Johnny No Legs’. A set of traditional songs, telling the tale of another luckless sailor.

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What shall we do with the drunken sailor, early in the morning?

Hooray and up she rises, early in the morning

Buy a round of drinks til he's hung over, early in the morning.

Hooray and up she rises, early in the morning

Cook him eggs and bacon 'til he's sober, early in the morning.

My son John was tall and slim, and he had a leg for every limb.
But now he's got no legs at all 'cause they were both shot away by a cannon ball.

Do rum rye and a bottle diddle di and a whack for ma diddle up a do rum rye.

Were you drunk, or were you blind, to leave your two fine legs behind,
Or was it walking upon the sea that took your legs from the ground to the knee?

Do rum rye and a bottle diddle di and a whack for ma diddle up a do rum rye.

I wasn't drunk, I wasn't blind to leave my two fine legs behind.
It was a cannon ball on the 5th of May that took my two fine legs away.

Do rum rye and a bottle diddle di and a whack for ma diddle up a do rum rye.

Captain dear how have you been, tell me man what have you seen?
Heard any news of my son John, is he alive or is he gone?

Do rum rye and a bottle diddle di and a whack for ma diddle up a do rum rye.

My son John was tall and slim, and he had a leg for every limb.
But now he's got no legs at all 'cause you can't win a race with a cannon ball.

Do rum rye and a bottle diddle di and a whack for ma diddle up a do rum rye.

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from The Night Out, released January 9, 2019
Trad. arr. Monkey See Monkey Do

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Monkey See Monkey Do is a bunch of trained primates from the urban jungles of Southampton. They go bananas for folk-ish music with influences from bluegrass to Irish trad.

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