The Baggywrinkles Shanty

by The PDX Broadsides



A sea shanty commissioned by pal Lucy Bellwood as a Kickstarter stretch goal for her comic collection about life on the high seas, Baggywrinkles! Learn about sailing terminology, tattoos, and of course, what the heck a Baggywrinkle is.

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Lads, let me tell you a tale
Two-six, HEAVE ho
Of sea and sky, beam and sail
Two-six, HEAVE ho

So wind the line in pieces fine
While stars above you twinkle
And when it’s wrapped in softest scrap
You’ve made a baggywrinkle

Star light, star bright
Starboard is on the right

I wish I may I wish I might
Leave this port without a fight


‘Tis but a jest, ‘tis only a prank
For no one ever walked the plank

Lock him up or give him the whip
Or shove him off the side of the ship


Sailor high upon the mast
Tattooed fists read “HOLD FAST”

He needs the luck that they afford
Or else you’ll hear “Man Overboard!”


End tag:
Thank the Cap, you’ve got a map
Go read a Baggywrinkle! HEY!


released November 24, 2015
Lyrics and music by The PDX Broadsides


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The PDX Broadsides (Portland, OR)
are a trio of nerd enthusiasts who sing about science, piracy, superheroes, robots, and other geeky topics with great vigor and harmony. Formed in September 2011 on accident in a crucible of exhaustion, excessive coffee and too much wine, they deliver original nerdy tunes and geek parodies. ... more


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