The Handsome Cabin Boy

'Tis of a pretty female
As you may understand
Her mind being bent for rambling
Unto some foreign land,
She dressed herself in sailor's clothes,
Or so it does appear,
And she hired with a captain
To serve him for a year

Her cheeks they were like roses
And her hair rolled in a curl
The sailors often smiled and said
He looked just like a girl
But eating of the captain's biscuit
Her colour did destroy,
And the waist did swell of pretty Nell,
The handsome cabin boy

'Twas in the bay of Biscay
Our gallant ship did plow
One night among the sailors
Was a fearful flurry and row
They tumbled from their hammocks
For their sleep it did destroy,
And they sworn about the groaning
Of the handsome cabin boy

"Oh doctor, dear, oh doctor,"
The cabin boy did cry
"My time has come, I am undone,
And I will surely die."
The doctor come a-runnin'
And a-smilin' at the fun
To think a sailor lad should have
A daughter or a son

The sailors when they saw the joke
They all did stand and stare
The child belonged to none of them,
They solemnly did swear
The captain's wife, she says to him,
"My dear, I wish you joy,
For 'tis either you or me's betrayed
The handsome cabin boy!"


©1986 Kate Bush Music Ltd.