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The twelfth track from Written in Salt, it is a Longest Johns Original.

No writing credit appears to be given on the album, as such this is presumed to have been collaboratively written by the whole of the band.

Lyrics

These lyrics are based on the version performed by the Longest Johns on their album, Written in Salt.

I love a woman and she loves me
(Heave away)
She belongs to the rolling sea
(Heave and haul away)
Though shes made me many a pound
(Heave away)
I have no choice but to cut her down
(Heave and haul away)

{Chorus}
Cast her away, brave boys
We'll find another when we've been paid
But there'll never be another craft
like the crafty old Milkmaid

She was crammed with a liquid gold
(Heave away)
Never was a finer cargo stowed
(Heave and haul away)
Kegs and bottles all locked up tight
(Heave away)
And another one to get us through the night
(Heave and haul away)

{Chorus}

We filled our pockets and we never got caught
(Heave away)
And emptied them again at the nearest port
(Heave and haul away)
Find us a buyer and we'll find a way through
(Heave away)
Leave it to the Maid and her fearless crew
(Heave and haul away)

{Chorus}

Through the glass of a customs scum
(Heave away)
We'll never let the kings men steal our rum
(Heave and haul away)
Scuttle the hull, kiss the Maid goodbye
(Heave away)
I never thought I'd see the bos'n cry
(Heave and haul away)

{Chorus}

Now we're hiding in the tavern among the kegs
(Heave away)
Drinking all day trying to wet our legs
(Heave and haul away)
Though our next ship might be strong and true
(Heave away)
(We'll always be the Milkmaid's crew!)
(Heave and haul away)

{Chorus til Finish}

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