"The Handsome Cabin Boy" as written by and Kate / Bush....
'Tis of a pretty female
As you may understand
Her mind being bent for rambling
Unto some foreign land
She dressed herself in sailor's clothes
Or so it does appear
And she hired with a captain
To serve him for a year
Her cheeks - they were like roses
And her hair rolled in a curl
The sailors often smiled and said
He looked just like a girl
But eating of the captain's biscuit
Her colour did destroy
And the waist did swell of pretty Nell
The handsome cabin boy
'Twas in the bay of Biscay
Our gallant ship did plow
One night among the sailors
Was a fearful flurry and row.
They tumbled from their hammocks
For their sleep it did destroy
And they sworn about the groaning
Of the handsome cabin boy
"Oh doctor, dear, oh doctor,"
The cabin boy did cry
"My time has come, I am undone
And I will surely die."
The doctor come a-runnin'
And a-smilin' at the fun
To think a sailor lad should have
A daughter or a son
The sailors when they saw the joke
They all did stand and stare
The child belonged to none of them
They solemnly did swear
The captain's wife, she says to him
"My dear, I wish you joy
For 'tis either you or me's betrayed
The handsome cabin boy!"


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"The Handsome Cabin Boy" as written by Kate Bush

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    General CommentJack London wrote a story "The Handsome Cabin Boy" which was published in 1899. He wrote it during the time he was in the Klondike and between Klondike stories "To the Man on Trail" and "Son of the Wolf." I've no idea how his inspiration was related, or even it it was, to this song.
    ibaconion November 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song on an boston university radio station and forced my boyfriend to find me a copy the next day.
    pcgardenon June 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI've never known all the words!
    pcgardenon June 12, 2013   Link

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