#00410
Botany Bay (Burlesque Comedy) tabs, MIDI

See also: To The Shores Of Botany Bay
(Tommy Makem and Clancy Brothers)

And also: Botany Bay (Masterless Men)
#2738: YouTube video by MUDWAYUSHKA
℗2015 ~ Used with permission ~

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Fare-well to old England for e-ver,
Fare-well to my old pals as well;
Fare-well to the well-known Old Bailee,
Where I once used to look like a swell.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Oh, we're bound for Botany Bay.

'tain't leavin' old England we cares about,
'tain't cos we mispels what we knows;
But becos all we light-fingered gentry,
Hopped around with a log on our toes.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Oh, we're bound for Botany Bay.

Now, all my young dookies and duchesses,
Take warning from what I've to say;
Mind all is your own as you touchesses,
Or you'll find us in Botany Bay.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Oh, we're bound for Botany Bay.

Oh, had I the wings of a turtle-dove,
I'd soar on my pinions so high;
Slap bang to the arms of my Polly love,
And in her sweet presence I'd die.

Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ay;
Singing, too-ral li-ooral li-ad-dity,
Oh, we're bound for Botany Bay.
Oh, we're bound for Botany Bay.

####.... Henry Pottinger Stephens and William Yardley. Written for the burlesque comedy, Little Jack Shephard (London, 1885; Melbourne, 1886). First published in Australia in the Sydney Golden Songster in 1893, and recorded on YouTube by Graham McCarthy ....####

From 1788, Botany Bay in New South Wales was the "dumping ground" for British convicts. "(Bound for) Botany Bay" is a transportation song from the musical burlesque, "Little Jack Sheppard", first performed on the London stage in 1885 ~ it is now widely considered a traditional folk song. In the video above, Australian Graham McCarthy presents his version.

From Princeton Word Net:
Pinion - flight feather: any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.

Briskly 3/4

Fare- [C] well to old [G7] England for [C] e-ver,
Fare- [C] well to my [F] rum culls as [G7] well;
Fare- [C] well to the [F] well known Old [C] Bailee,
Where I [C] used for to [G7] cut such a [C] swell.

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