“Jack the Guinea Pig”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1948 (Shay)
Keywords: sailor bragging humorous nonballad

Description

"When the anchor's weigh'd and the ship's unmoored, And the landmen lag behind, sir, The sailor... prays for a wind, sir!" The singer compares sailors, who brave every danger, with landsmen who get sick, go below, and despair at sea

Notes

I could imagine sailors singing this, since it certainly flatters their courage, but based on the evidence, I rather doubt they did. - RBW

References

  1. Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 132-135, "Jack the Guinea Pig" (1 text)
  2. BI, ShaSS132