- Tunning: Standard(G C E A)
- Chords: F, C7, E7, Am, Gm, Bb, Dm, Bb7, A7, G7, C, Ddim, G, Bbdim, Cdim
- Key: F
- Capo: no capo
[Intro] F Yo ho, my lads, yo ho, C7 F I'll tell you the tale of a sailor E7 Am Who sailed the Bay of Biscay-o E7 Am As the Captain of a whaler Gm C7 Of his gallant deed you all should know C7 Yo ho, my lads, yo ho: ... [Verse 1] F Gm I'll tell the tale of the Nancy Lee, C7 F The ship that got ship-wrecked at sea, Gm The bravest man was Captain Brown, C7 F Bb F For he played his Ukulele as the ship went down; Dm Bb7 A7 All the crew were in despair, Dm G7 C7 Some rushed here And the others rushed there, F Gm But the Captain sat in the Captain's chair C7 F Bb F And he played his Ukulele as the ship went down. [Interlude] F Bb C F [Verse 2] F Gm The owner wirelessed to the crew C7 F "Do the best that you can do, Gm She's only insured for half a crown, C7 F Bb F So I'll be out of pocket if the ship goes down" Dm Bb7 A7 The Captain answered "Holy Gee, Dm G7 C7 It's all up with the Nancy Lee, F Gm You're alright but what about me? C7 F Bb F I shall wet my Ukulele when the ship goes down" [Interlude] C G7 C G7 C C7 Yo Ho, My Lads, Yo Ho. [Verse 3] F Gm When they heard the news at the Admiralty, C7 F They wirelessed to the Nancy Lee, Gm "We'd like to speak to Captain Brown C7 F Bb F If he isn't very busy when the ship goes down." Dm Bb7 A7 The Captain answered "What’s to do?" Dm G7 C7 The Admiralty said, "At half past two F Gm We shall all be listening in to you, C7 F Bb F When you play your Ukulele as the ship goes down." [Interlude] F Ddim G C F [Verse 4] F F Gm The pets on board were all scared stiff, C7 F The cat meeowed and the monkey sniffed, Gm The old green parrot hung upside-down, C7 F Bb F Saying, "Scratch-a-Poll-Polly" as the ship went down. Dm Bb7 A7 The crows-nest fell and it killed the crow, Dm G7 C7 The starboard watch was two hours slow, F Gm But the Captain sang, "Vo-do-de-o-do" C7 F Bb F As he played his ukulele when the ship went down. [Interlude] F Dm C F F [Verse 5] F Gm An Irishman said, "Begorrah!, I'll fight_ C7 F The very first man that comes in sight" Gm "You can't do that", said Captain Brown, C7 F Bb F "You'll have to box the compass as the ship goes down." Dm Bb7 A7 The skipper issued from the store Dm G7 C7 A cake of soap to every four, F Gm And said, "Now wash yourselves ashore, C7 F Bb F While I play my ukulele as the ship goes down" [Interlude] F C Dm Bb Bb C7 F [Verse 6] F Gm "Have faith in me!", the Captain cried C7 F To this remark, the crew replied, Gm "You can trust us, Captain Brown, C7 F Bb F To finish up the rum before the ship goes down." Dm Bb7 A7 The skipper shouted, "No back-chat! Dm G7 C7 I'll do my best looking after that F Gm Do you mind if I pass 'round the hat C7 F Bb F As I play my ukulele when the ship goes down?" [Interlude] F Gm Ha Ha Ha, Hee Hee Hee, C7 F Listen to the wisdom of the good lady. [Verse 7] F Gm The skipper shouted fore and aft C7 F "I'll have no slackers aboard this craft!" Gm So understand", says Captain Brown, C7 F Bb F "I want everybody present when the ship goes down" Dm Bb7 A7 "The cook's gone mad and the bosun's lame, Dm G7 C7 The rudder has gone and the deck's aflame, F Gm My G string's flat, but all the same, C7 F Bb F I shall play my ukulele when the ship goes down." [Interlude] F Gm C7 F F Gm C7 F Bb F [Bridge] F He shouted "Man the rafts, C7 F With chains and a rope you can bind 'em!" E7 Am The Bo'sun search'd both fore and aft, E7 Am But dashed if he could find 'em; Gm C7 At the mercy of that raging sea C7 Was the good ship Nancy Lee [Verse 8] F Gm They struggled on against the storm C7 F The cold, cold wind was far from warm Gm So all the crew and Captain Brown C7 F Bb F Played ring-a-ring-a-roses 'til the ship fell down Dm Bb7 A7 They shouted, "Women and children first!" Dm G7 C7 The engineer came up and cursed, F Gm But all of a sudden his boiler burst, C7 F Bb F And he played his ukulele as the ship went down F F Bb F C7 F Bb C7 F [Verse 9] F Gm The Captain's wife was on the ship, C7 F And he was glad she'd made the trip. Gm As she could swim she might not drown, C7 F Bb F So he tied her to the anchor as the ship went down. Dm Bb7 A7 They sprung a leak just after dark Dm G7 C7 And through the hole came a hungry shark F Gm It bit the skipper near the water-mark C7 F Bb F So he played his ukulele as the ship went down. [Interlude] F Gm C7 Singing "Polly wolly doodle all the day" C7 C F Singing "Polly wolly doodle all the day" [Verse 10] F Gm He had sailed the sea, they say, C7 F For twenty-two years come pancake day Gm So it's no wonder Captain Brown C7 F Bb F Wished he was in the army when the ship went down Dm Bb7 A7 He played the part of a bold A.B. Dm G7 C7 He played the game on land and sea, F Gm But this was the very first time that he_ C7 F Bb F Had played his ukulele as the ship went down [Interlude] F Bbdim F C Dm C Dm C F Cdim C7 F [Verse 11] F Gm When they reached the lifeboat, how they cursed C7 F The second mate had got there first Gm The cook said "Aye, I'll be the last to drown, C7 F Bb F 'Cause I'm climbin' up the riggin' as the ship goes down." Dm Bb7 A7 Soon it was a total wreck Dm G7 C7 The captain stood on the burning deck F Gm The flames leapt up all around his neck C7 F Bb F And burnt his ukulele as the ship went down. F Bb F Bb F C F [Verse 12] F Gm The mate said, "It's okay with me C7 F The shipwreck suits me to a tee Gm I owe ten bob to Captain Brown, C7 F Bb F And I'll never have to pay him if the ship goes down" Dm Bb7 A7 "The pessimistic cook said he Dm G7 C7 Was sure the crew very soon would be F Gm Playing a harp", said Brown, "Not me! C7 F Bb F I shall play my ukulele as the ship goes down." [Interlude] F C7 F [Verse 13] F Gm The mate had a saxophone: _ _ _ C7 F The cook had a trombone: _ _ _ Gm The drummer had an old tin: _ _ _ C7 F Bb F Another had a violin: _ _ _ Dm Bb7 A7 The bosun had a banjo: _ _ _ Dm G7 C7 The stoker had a piccolo: _ _ _ F Gm "You can play what you like", said Captain Brown, C7 F Bb F "But I shall play my ukulele as the ship goes down" [Interlude] F Bb C [Outro] A7 Dm Bb7 A7 And that is the tale of the Nancy Lee Dm G7 C7 The ship that got ship-wrecked at sea F Dm Gm C7 And Captain Brown who was in command Bb C7 F C F Bb F Now plays his Ukulele in the Mermaid Band.
- Song: He Played His As The Ship Went Down
- Artist: Leslie Holmes
- Released Date: Apr 29, 2020