Drunken Sailor, also known as What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor? is shanty that became popular in the 19th century by sea-fairing crewmen. With the changes in crew size and work over the century, the song fell out of popularity among ship workers, but it found new popularity with non-sailors in the 20th century. The song is #322 in the Roud Folk Song Index.
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Like all ancient rhymes, there exist a number of alternate lyrics, many of which have been modernized as vocabularies have changed. These are some of the more common traditional lyrics.
Chorus: What shall we do with a drunken sailor, What shall we do with a drunken sailor, What shall we do with a drunken sailor, Early in the morning? Refrain: Weigh heigh and up she rises Weigh heigh and up she rises Weigh heigh and up she rises Early in the morning Traditional Verses: Put/chuck him in the long boat till he's sober. Put him in the long-boat and make him bale her. Put/lock him in the guard room 'til he gets sober. Put him in the scuppers with a hose-pipe on him. Pull out the plug and wet him all over Tie him to the taffrail when she's yardarm under Heave him by the leg in a runnin' bowline. Scrape the hair off his chest with a hoop-iron razor. Give 'im a dose of salt and water. Stick on his back a mustard plaster. Keep him there and make 'im bale 'er. Give 'im a taste of the bosun's rope-end. Soak him in oil till he sprouts a flipper. What'll we do with a Limejuice skipper? What shall we do with a drunken soldier? What shall we do with the Queen o' Sheba? What shall we do with the Virgin Mary?