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"Barnacle Bill The Sailor"

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Lyrics:

Who's that knocking at my door?

Who's that knocking at my door?

Who's that knocking at my door?

Cried the fair young maiden,

It's only me from over the sea,

I'm Barnacle Bill the Sailor.

I'm all lit up like a Christmas tree,

I'm Barnacle Bill the Sailor.

I'll sail the sea until I croak,

I fight and swear and drink and smoke,

But I can't swim a bloomin' stroke,

I'm Barnacle Bill the Sailor.

Are you young and handsome sir?

Are you young and handsome sir?

Are you young and handsome sir?

Cried the fair young maiden.

I'm old and rough and dirty and tough,

Said Barnacle Bill the Sailor.

I never can get drunk enough,

I'm Barnacle Bill the Sailor.

I drink my whiskey when I can,

Whiskey from an old tin can.

For whiskey is the life of man,

I'm Barnacle Bill the Sailor.

I'll come down and let you in,

I'll come down and let you in,

I'll come down and let you in,

Cried the fair young maiden.

Sing me a love song low and sweet,

Sing me a love song low and sweet,

Sing me a love song low and sweet,

Said the fair young maiden.

When shall I see you again?

When shall I see you again?

When shall I see you again?

Trivia

  • "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" is an American drinking song adapted from "Bollocky Bill the Sailor", a traditional folk song originally titled "Abraham Brown".
  • The tune has inspired a Fleischer Studios Betty Boop cartoon with vocals provided by Little Ann Little, two films, and the name of a rock on Mars. Louis Jordan (The Elks Rendezvous Band) recorded it in 1938.  
  • In the first Fleischer Popeye cartoon, Popeye the Sailor (1933), "Barnacle Bill" was used as the recurring theme for the Bluto character. A later Fleischer Popeye cartoon, Beware of Barnacle Bill (1935), is a mock operetta based around a toned-down version of the song.

Video

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