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No. 17 (23) - Song - Barry - "A Dance for Jack"

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Barry: Oh! a sailor loves a chance
of a partner and a dance
When his ship comes into port,
He can dance as sailors do,
On a deck that dances too,
But a ballroom's more his sort!
And the ladies far away
At Cadiz or 'Frisco Bay,
And the English girls at home
Are particularly glad
when they see an iron clad
Dropping anchor through the foam!
They will keep a dance for Jack,
For there's none can take the floor
Like the sailor come ashore,
And the dancing girl
Never knows such joy
As to waltz and whirl
with a jolly sailor boy!
Chorus: They will keep a dance for Jack,
For there's none can take the floor
Like the sailor come ashore,
And the dancing girl
Never knows such joy
As to waltz and whirl
with a jolly sailor boy!
   
Barry: When the girls are at the ball,
there are men to court them all,
And they're not so bad perhaps;
There are Dons who play fine Tars,
And Hungarian Hussars,
And our good young friends the Japs;
There are gallant grenadiers,
And there used to be some peers,
Tho' the Yankees own them now;
But a lady you'd declare
never knows that they are there
When the sailor makes his bow.
She will keep her smile for Jack,
For there's nobody can score
Like the sailor come ashore,
And the fairest maid,
Tho' she looks so coy,
Never feels afraid
of a jolly sailor boy!
Chorus: She will keep her smile for Jack,
For there's nobody can score
Like the sailor come ashore,
And the fairest maid,
Tho' she looks so coy,
Never feels afraid
of a jolly sailor boy!
   
Barry: But with all the girls about
Jack will keep a sharp look-out
For a face he can't forget;
Tho' he makes a pretty speech
And he takes a turn with each,
There is one he waits for yet.
When his little girl appears
then away to her he steers,
Through the dance that surges past,
And the ladies all in vain
try to win him back again,
For he's found his port at last!
She has kept her heart for Jack.
She is true for ever more
To her sailor come ashore;
So it won't be long
Till the bells peel joy,
As they ring ding-dong
For the jolly sailor boy!
Chorus: She has kept her heart for Jack.
She is true for ever more
To her sailor come ashore;
So it won't be long
Till the bells peel joy,
As they ring ding-dong
For the jolly sailor boy!

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