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"Leave Her Johnny"
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album
_Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys_
(Various Artists, 2006)

trad. (sea chantey)

Lou Reed: guitar, vocals
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        Oh, the times are hard and the wages low
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        I guess it's time for us to go
        and it's time for us to leave her

        Oh, I thought I heard the old man say
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        Tomorrow you will get your pay
        and it's time for us to leave her

        Liverpool Pat with his tarpaulin hat
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        It's Yankee John the packet rat
        and it's time for us to leave her

        It's rotten beef and weevily bread
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        It's pump or drown the old man said, ah huh
        and it's time for us to leave her

        We'd be better off in a nice clean jail
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        With all night and plenty of ale
        and it's time for us to leave her

        The mate was a bucko and the old man a Turk
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        The bosun was a beggar with the middle name of work
        and it's time for us to leave her

        The cook's a drunk, he likes to booze
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        'tween him and the mate there's a little to choose
        and it's time for us to leave her

        I hate to sail on this rotten tub
        ah, leave her Johnny, leave her
        No grog allowed and rotten grub
        it's time for us to leave her

        No Liverpool bread, nor rotten cracker hash
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        No dandy funk, nor cold and sloppy hash
        and it's time for us to leave her

        The old man shouts, the pumps stand by
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        Oh, we can never suck her dry
        and it's time for, time for us to leave her

        Now I thought I hear the old man say
        leave her Johnny, leave her
        Just one more pull and then belay
        and it's time for us to leave her

        It's time for us to leave her
        It's time for us to leave her
        For the voyage is done and the winds don't blow
        and it's time for us to leave her




intro   {A}{A}{D/D.E}{E.A/A..
        {A}{A}{D/D.E}{E.A/A..

        {A}{A}{D/D.E}{E.A/A..             (Oh, the times are ...)
        {A}{A}{D/D.E}{E.A/A..             (I guess it's time ...)

        {A}{A}{D/D.E}{E.A/A..             (Oh, I thought I ...)
        {A}{A}{D/D.E}{E.A/A..             (Tomorrow you will ...)

        ....

coda    {D/D.E}{E.A/A..{D/D.E}{E.A/A..    (It's time for us to ...)
        {D/D.E}{E.A/A..{D/D.E}{E.A/A...   (For the voyage is ...)




note: Lou Reed played using Electro-Harmonix HOG
(Harmonic Octave Generator / Guitar Synthesizer)




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I saw you didn't yet have the lyrics for Leave her Johnny
from the CD
Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys.
On this CD is a song sung by Lou Reed called Leave her Johnny.
These are the lyrics:


O the times are hard and the wages low
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
I guess it's time for us to go
And it's time for us to leave her

O I thought I heard the old man say
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
Tomorrow you will get your pay
And it's time for us to leave her

Liverpool Pat with his tarpaulin hat
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
It's Yankee John the packet rat
And it's time for us to leave her

It's rotten beef and weev'ly bread
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
It's pump or drown the old man said
Ahhh, and it's time for us to leave her

We'd be better off in a nice clean gaol,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
With all night and plenty of ale
And it's time for us to leave her

The mate was a bucko and the old man a turk,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
The bosun was a beggar with the middle name of work
And it's time for us to leave her

The cook's a drunk, he likes to booze
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
'tween him and the mate there's a little to choose
And it's time for us to leave her

I hate to sail on this rotten tub
Ahhh, leave her, Johnny, leave her
No grog allowed and rotten grub
It's time for us to leave her

No Liverpool bread, nor rotten crackerhash,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
No dandy funk, nor cold and sloppy hash.
And it's time for us to leave her

The old man shouts, the pumps stand by
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
Oh, we can never suck her dry
And it's time for, time for us to leave her

Now I thought I heard the old man say,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
Just one more pull and then belay.
And it's time for us to leave her

It's time for us to leave her
It's time for us to leave her
For the voyage is done and the winds don't blow
And it's time for us to leave her


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chords transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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