Manchester Ship Canal (2)

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When I was young and handsome, lads, as handsome as could be
I said good-bye to me mother-in-law, away I went to sea
I went aboard the schooner boys, the schooner Mary Anne
And we set sail for Walton jail at the Manchester Ship Canal

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Oh, the smoke, the smell on this old canal, the flapping of the sail
As we set sail for Walton jail, at the Manchester ship canal

I had to work so very hard, we sailed the cut so free
Passing by the industry, the smoke and tall chimneys
The cut was brown it meant for me Id soon be out to sea
Our next call after this me boys is out by Wallasey

The captain was as sailor lad, neer been to sea before
He knew as much about the sea as the lock on our wash-house door
All day he stood on the upper deck, all night he slept below
And he paid the crew a lousy screw, I was glad to see him go

Now the quality of Mersey boys, it isnt strained at all
Its full of ships and sea-weed and it tastes like paraffin oil
We had to drink it every day for beer wed never see
I scarcely think well get a drink til we get to Wallasey

The sleeve notes of the 'Pumpkin Pie' lp don't give a source for this song.

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