Welsh Girls

It’s of a girl in Cardiff; I’ve heard the bosun say
Welsh girls are fine girls and bound to please you well.
She’s known as Naughty Nellie, boys, the pride of Tiger Bay.
And we’re homeward bound for Wales, where the girls’ll please you well.
And when he steps ashore, and the ship he leaves behind
Welsh girls are fine girls and bound to please you well.
It’s heave away for Tiger Bay with Nellie on his mind.
And we’re homeward bound for Wales, where the girls’ll please you well.

There’s Carrie down in Barry, well you’ve maybe heard her name?
She’ll take you with your sea boots on; for her it’s all the same,
She’s very tall and lanky, and you’d never lack for bliss,
As you’re climbing up her rigging boys, and looking for a kiss.

Ch.Well Oh well, they’re bound to please you well,
Welsh girls are fine girls, you’ve surely heard it tell!
Well oh well, you can find out for yourself,
Now we’re homeward bound for Wales where the girls’ll please you well

A chandler in Port Talbot, he had a daughter dear
And you’d see her by the counter where the sailors got their gear
Now her Daddy kept his ledgers and other books beside
While his daughter served the sailor men and kept ‘em satisfied.

It’s of a parson’s daughter who’d stand beside the quay
All in waiting for the sailor men home coming from sea;
But she wasn’t of the kind me boys who’d fleece you for your tin
As she handed out the gospels that would save your souls from sin
Ch.
Each time I hear a squeezebox or concertina play,
Then I think of little Blodwen down from Aberaeron way;
Her fingers were so nimble and so sweetly did she sing:
As she squeezed away me money, boys, I never felt a thing.

All around the coast of Wales boys, there are ports in plenty more.
Where a welcome’s warm and waiting, when a sailor steps ashore,
I’ve sailed the seven oceans, to many a port of call,.
And I’d say the girls in Swansea are the finest of them all.
Ch.
Aye we’re homeward bound for Wales where the girls will please you well!

© Bob Watson 1997

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