[handwritten notes:"WEXFORD" "558"]
Come all ye dry land sailors bold,
That never went out in the rain
And I will sing in praise of a ship
That was called the Mary Jane,
The Mary Jane was a one-mast ship
She was built in the town of Taghmon,
She carried a crew of a hundred and two
With a cargo of farmer's dung.
The captain he was a Dutchman and he hailed from Barrack Lane,
And his wife was the man behind the mast on board the Mary Jane,
The mate was a great navigator, and his nose was as red as a tart;
He belonged to the Wexford militia and he knew every pub on the chart.
We had a French cook from Nullinavat, Pat Murphy was his name;
And he was chief cook for spoiling the soup on board of the Mary Jane,
The morning that we left Taghmon our ship ran short of wind
So the crew had to get right out in the wet and everyone shove behind.
When going around Long Stone Cross a terrible storm blew,
So we tightened her sails with a horse's reins, and we steered for Timbuctoo,
Next morning our cargo shifted, and the captain cried, "We're done."
But every man took a sprong in his hand and went down for to turn the dung.
Next day we ran short of tobacco, we hadn't a bit in the bag,
So when the captain and crew had ne'er a chew they started to chaw the rag,
And now we were short of lime juice and the(?) herrings were so salt
The skipper he told the mate so bold when he'd come to a pub to halt.
The mate he kept a sharp loo-out(?), for he was fond of a drop,
When he saw the green light he shouted, "Hold tight, we're into a doctor's shop."
The Mary Jane took a stitch in her side, and so did the rest of the crew,
So she went ashore at the doctor's door and she never reached Timbuctoo.
[typewritten note: "(cf.C.O'L, I.S.B p.40)"]