Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!

TITLE: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
AUTHORWords: Edward Harrigan / Music: David Braham
CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: sailor, work, drink
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1885 (“Old Lavender”)

Edward Harrigan
Edward Harrigan

According to Sigmund Spaeth, A History of Popular Music in America Random House, 1948, pp. 186-187, the late 1870s saw a series of musical skits called the Mulligan series. “January 13, 1879, was the historic date of the opening of the full-sized Mulligan Guard Ball, which ran right on to the end of that season…. [T]he Mulligan Guard Ball maybe considered the real revelation of what was thereafter known as the Harrigan and Hart style….”

“Harrigan himself represented the brains and energy of thetroup, writing dialogue and the song lyrics, casting and directing every production, acting and singing the leading roles and often also serving as manager. Braham composed all the music and conducted the orchestra in the pit. Tony Hart continued to be the foil to Harrigan’s characterizations and was particularly good as a female impersonator….” 

“The Mulligan Guard Ball contained, in addition to its parent song, such musical hits as The Skidmore Fancy Ball (a satirical treatment of a colored company), We’re all Young Fellows Bran New, Singing at the Hallway Door, and The Babies on Our Block. The latter was the definitive forerunner of The Sidewalks of New York, giving a detailed picture of life in the humbler sections of the metropolis,with actual quotations from old Irish song scattered throughout the music.”

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Get Up, Jack

Singing, Hey! laddie, ho! laddie,
Swing the capstan ’round,’round,’round
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

Oh, the ships will come and the ships will go,
As long as waves do roll
The sailor lad, likewise his dad,
He loves the flowing bowl:

A lass ashore we do adore,
One that is plump and round, round, round.
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

Singing, Hey! laddie, ho! laddie,
Swing the capstan ’round,’round,’round
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

I go and take a trip in a man-o’-war
To China or Japan,
In Asia, there are ladies fair
Who love the sailorman.

When Jack and Joe palavers, 0,
And buy the girls a gown, gown, gown.
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

Singing, Hey! laddie, ho! laddie,
Swing the capstan ’round,’round,’round
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

When Jack is ashore he beats his way
Towards some boarding-house:
He’s welcome in with his rum and gin,
And he’s fed with pork and souse:

For he’ll spend and spend and never offend
But he’ll lay drunk on the ground, ground, ground
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

Singing, Hey! laddie, ho! laddie,
Swing the capstan ’round,’round,’round
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

When Jack is old and weatherbeat,
Too old to roustabout,
In some rum-shop they’ll let him stop,
At eight bells he’s turned out.

Then he cries, he cries up to the skies:
I’ll soon be homeward bound, bound, bound.”
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

Singing, Hey! laddie, ho! laddie,
Swing the capstan ’round,’round,’round
When the money is gone, it’s the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

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NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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