Author Topic: Add: Tarpaulin Jacket.

Pip Freeman

Posted - 23 Sep 03 - 12:43 pm

Tarpaulin Jacket, The
A tall stalwart Lancer lay dying,
And as on his deathbed he lay, he lay,
To his friends who around him were sighing,
These last dying words he did say:

Wrap me up in my tarpaulin jacket, jacket,
And say a poor buffer lies low, lies low,
And six stalwart lancers shall carry me, carry me,
With steps solemn, mournful, and slow.

Had I the wings of a little dove,
Far, far away would I fly, I'd fly,
Straight for the arms of my true love,
And there would I lay me and die.
Chorus: Wrap me up, etc.

Then get you two little white tombstones,
Put them one at my head and my toe, my toe,
And get you a penknife and scratch there:
"Here lies a por buffer below"
Chorus: Wrap me up, etc.

Ang get you six brandies and sodas,
And set them all out in a row, a row,
And get you six jolly good fellows,
To drink to this buffer below.
Chorus: Wrap me up, etc.

And then in the calm of the twilight,
When the soft winds ar whispering low, so low,
And the darkening shadows are falling,
Sometimes think of this buffer below.
Chorus: Wrap me up, etc.

Source: The Scottish Students' Song Book. Published by Bayley and Ferguson.

Words by G. J. Melville. (1821-78) Air by Charles Coote.

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masato sakurai

Posted - 23 Sep 03 - 04:58 pm

An edition is at Levy.

Title: Wrap Me Up in My Tarpaulin Jacket. New Edition With Banjo Accompaniment.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: The Music Arranged by Ernest J. Symons.
Publication: London: Hopwood & Crew, 42 New Bond Street, n.d..
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: A tall stalwart Lancer lay dying
First Line of Chorus: Wrap me up in my tarpaulin jacket


Posted - 24 Sep 03 - 05:01 pm

I have an old recording by Burl Ives of Tarpaulin Jacket - a sailor. Still digging out from my move, but I will look for the lyrics.
"Send for six salty seamen to carry me
With steps mournful, solemn and slow"
comes to mind.

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