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Kingston Trio – The Sloop John B lyrics

Lee Hays/Carl Sandburg

We come on the sloop John B, my grandfather and me. Around Nassau town we did roam.
Drinkin' all night. Got into a fight. Well, I feel so break up, I want to go home. (I want to go home. So now,)

Chorus:
Hoist up the John B's sails. See how the main sails set. Call for the captain ashore, let me go home. (Let me go home.)
Let me go home. (I want to go home.) I want to go home. (Why don't you let me go home?)
Well, I feel so break up, I want to go home. (I want to go home.)

First mate, he got drunk. Broke up the people's trunk. Constable had to come and take him away.
Sheriff John Stone (Sheriff John Stone), why don't you leave me alone? (Why don't you leave me alone?)
Well, I feel so break up, I want to go home. (I want to go home. So, now)

[Chorus:]

Well, the poor cook he caught the fits. Throw away all of my grits. Then he took and he ate up all of my corn.
Let me go home. (I want to go home.) I want to go home. (Why don't you let me go home?)
This is the worst trip since I've been born. (Since I have been born. So, now)

[Chorus:]

Hoist up the John B's sails. (John B. Sails) See how the main sails set. (Main sails set.)
Call for the captain ashore, let me go home. (Let me go home.)
Let me go home. (I want to go home.) I want to go home. (Why don't you let me go home?)
Well, I feel so break up, I want to go home. (I want to go home.)



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    Lee Hayes and Carl Sandburg had nothing to do with writing this song. One of them found it in the Bahamas where it was written early in the 1900's, by the crew member of a sponge boat which frequented Nassau Harbor. The boat was later wrecked, and the remains lie in the bottom of Nassau Harbor to this day. Blind (Alphonso) Blake (Higgs) came out with this before the Trio, in the early 1950's. Higgs should not be confused with the Blind Blake of the 1920's and 1930's blues scene: Higgs stole the name to improve sales!
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