Poor Jolly Sailor Lads

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In countless ways today’s sailor lads and lasses have the best of living conditions. The new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was welcomed to her new home in Portsmouth last week, to much photographing, filming and cheering from the crowds. Click on the first mosaic pic to see them all larger as you listen to the song.

Our song dates from perhaps the mid 19th century and similar versions have been collected in the USA, where I found the words, as well as England, which provided the tune.

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