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    "Wrap Me Up In My Tarpaulin Jacket" Lyrics

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    Oh, had I the wings of a turtledove,
    So high on my pinions I'd fly
    Slap-bang to the heart of my Polly love
    And in her dear arms I would die.

    Chorus: Wrap me up in my tarpaulin jacket
    And say a poor duffer's laid low.
    Send for six salty seamen to carry me
    With steps mournful, solemn and slow,

    Oh, then let them send for two holly stones
    And place them at the head and the toe.
    Upon them write this inscription,
    "Here lies a poor duffer below."

    Then send for six jolly foretopmen
    And let them a-rollickin' go
    And in heaping two-gallon measures
    Drink the health of the duffer below.
    • submitted on December 15th, 2005
    • corrected on February 14th, 2006

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