Pay Me My Money Down

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This example of "Pay Me My Money Down" is performed by  Jolly Rogers on their album Pirates Gold, available from the Chivalry Music store.
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Background notes from Shanties of the Seven Seas:   English and American terms for money were, and still are, used indiscriminately in the West Indies. 

        Here are some extra stanzas given by Harding:

The bumboatman he said to me,
'Bottles o' rum I don't give free.'

My fancy gal she said to me,
'I don't give me favours free.'

The Madam said to me one day,
'You've had yer fun so don't delay.'

The tailorman he said to me,
'Ye'll pay me 'fore ye leave for sea.'

The judge he said, 'Look 'ere you mug,
Ye'll pay yer fine or ye'll go to jug!'

Pay me, you owe me,
Pay me my money down
You've got to pay me Mr. Stevadore,
Pay me my money down
You owe me, you owe me,
Pay me my money down
You've got to pay me or you'll go to jail,
Pay me my money down.

If I'd a known the boss was blind
Pay me my money down
I wouldn't'a gone to work 'til half past nine
Pay me my money down

I thought I heard the old man say;
Pay me my money down
Go to shore spend all your pay.
Pay me my money down

I thought I heard the men below;
Pay me my money down
You don't pay me and the ship don't go.
Pay me my money down

I need my pay to go to shore;
Pay me my money down
I'll drink my whiskey and get a whore.
Pay me my money down