Paddy Lay Back

by Valparaiso Men's Chorus

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The new single by America's premier second-line sea shanty outfit, in which we follow the misadventures of sailor jack in repose and aboard ship.

lyrics

'Twas a cold an' dreary mornin' in December
and all of me money being spent

Where it went to Lord I can't remember

So I down to the shippin' office went

Paddy, lay back!

Take in yer slack!

Take a turn around the capstan heave a pawl!
'Bout ship, stations, boys, be handy!

For we're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

In those days there wuz a great demand for sailors

For the Colonies and for 'Frisco and for France
So I shipped aboard a Limey barque the Hotspur
An' got paralytic drunk on my advance

Paddy, lay back!
Take in yer slack!

Take a turn around the capstan heave a pawl!
'Bout ship, stations, boys, be handy!

For we're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

I axed the mate a-which a-watch wuz mine-O

Sez he, 'I'II soon pick out a-which is which

An' he blowed me down an' kicked me hard a-stern-O
Callin' me a lousy, dirty son-o'-a-bitch

Paddy, lay back!

Take in yer slack!

Take a turn around the capstan heave a pawl!
'Bout ship, stations, boys, be handy!

For we're bound for Valaparaiser 'round the Horn!

credits

released December 5, 2017
The Valparaiso Men's Chorus are:
Andrew Bizer
Andrew Gilchrist
Bill Malchow
Charlie Brown
Chris Lane
Christian Trosclair
Dave Bandrowski
David Kunian
DC Harbold
Eric Corveaux
Fayard Lindsey
Gabe Soria
George Ingmire
Henry Griffin
Jay Holland
Jeff Treffinger
Jonathan Freilich
Luke Allen
Michael Mehiel
Rob Schafer
Robert Starnes
Tom Henehan
Troy Thibodeaux
Wynn Kapit

Carlo Nuccio-drums
Jason Jurzak-tuba
Joe Cabral-tin whistle
Charlie Halloran-trombone
Matt Rhody-violin and trumpet
Washboard Chaz-washboard
Greg Schatz-accordion
Glenn Hartman-accordion
Alex McMurray-guitar, banjo and vocals

Recorded and mixed by Michael Mehiel at Studio Seurat New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Bruce Barielle
Artwork by Kourtney Keller

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