Get Up Jack, John Sit Down

Harrigan and Braham, 1885


This example of "Get Up Jack, John Sit Down" is performed by the Jolly Rogers on their 2-CD set Loose Cannons, available from the Chivalry Music store
Please refer to Cantaria's Copyright information

sheet music (toggle as desired for printing)

Notes:  This song is one of the New York Tin Pan Alley songs written by the prolific duo of Ed Harrigan and David Braham.  Musicologist, musician and historian, Mick Maloney, put out a CD in 2005 entitled "McNally's Row of Flats" which is a collection of Harrigan and Braham's Irish-American songs. The booklet includes a very interesting biography of the two.

Ships may come and ships may go
As long as the sea does roll.
Each sailor lad just like his dad,
He loves the flowing bowl.
A trip ashore he does adore
With a girl that's plump and round.

When your money's all gone
It's the same old song,
"Get up Jack! John, sit down!"
Come along, come along, 
You jolly brave boys,
There's lots of grog in the jar.
We'll plough the briny ocean
With the jolly roving tar.


When Jack gets in, it's then he'll steer
For some old boarding house.
They'll welcome him with run and gin,
They'll feed him on pork scouse.
He'll lend and spend and not offend
Till he lies drunk on the ground


He then will sail aboard some ship
For India or Japan
In Asia there, the ladies fair
All love the sailor man.
He'll go ashore and on a tear
He'll buy some girl a gown.


When Jack gets old and weatherbeat,
Too old to roam about,
In some rum shop, they'll let him stop
Till eight bells calls him out.
He'll raise his eyes up to the skies,
Sayin' "Boys, we're homeward bound."