We were drinking down to Reedy's house, when first we heard the blow
It seemed to come from Nippur rock, so boldly forth we go
And sure enough a rusted tuck could just be barely seen
As 'er string was high up in the air we made out Athens Queen
Oh, the lovely Athens Queen

Me boys, I must remind you there's a bottle left inside
So let us go and have a few and wait until low tide
And if the sea's not clamber when the glasses are licked clean
We will then set forth some dorries, lads and see what may be seen
On the lovely Athens Queen

Some songs and old tall stories then came out to pass the time
Nor could a single bottle keep us all until low tide
And so it was before we left the house we were at sea
So I scarcely can remember how we made the Athens Queen
Oh, the lovely Athens Queen

Oh the waves inside me belly, were as high as those outside
And though I'm never seasick, I lost dinner overside
Twas well there was no crew to see for we'd have scared them green
We could scarcely keep ourselves from falling off the Athens Queen
Oh, the lovely Athens Queen

Well Reedy goes down straight below and comes back with a cow
"Hello" I said "Now what would you be wantin with that, now?
You'll never take a cow home in a dorry on such sea."
"Well, me son" he says "I've always fancied fresh cream in me tea
For the lovely Athens Queen."

I headed for the galley then, cause I was rather dry
I'm glad I was to get there quick fore what should I a spy
Oh what a shame it would have been to lose it all at sea
Fourty cases of the best Napolean Brandy ever seen
On the lovely Athens Queen

I loaded twenty cases, boys, then headed for the shore
I loaded them as quick as that, and then pulled back for more
Smith was pullin for the shore, but he could scarce be seen
Under near two hundred chickens and a leather couch of green
From the lovely Athens Queen

Well here's to all good salvagers, likewise to Nippur Rock
And to Napolean Brandy, of which now we have much stock
We eat a lot of chicken and sit on a couch of green
And we wait for Nippur Rock to claim another Athens Queen
Oh, the lovely Athens Queen

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