A famous halyard shanty, says Hugill, but sometimes sung stamping around the capstan. Some authorities think it dates back to Elizabethan times.
Oh, I'll drink whiskey while I can,
Whiskey, O, Johnny, O
Oh whiskey straight and whiskey strong,
Give me some whiskey and I'll sing you a song.
O whiskey makes me wear old clo'es,
Whiskey gave me a broken nose.
Whiskey killed my poor old dad,
Whiskey druv my mother mad.
If whiskey comes too near my nose,
I tip it up and down she goes.
I had a girl, her name was Lize,
She puts whiskey in her pies.
My wife and I can not agree;
She puts whiskey in her tea.
Here comes the cook with the whiskey can,
A glass of grog for every man.
A glass of grog for every man,
And a bottle full for the shantyman.