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  • We set to sail on a packet full of spice, rum and tea-leaves.
  • We've emptied out all the bars and the bowery hotels.
  • Tell your daughters do not walk the streets alone tonight
  • Tell your daughters do not walk the streets alone tonight.
  • To tell the tale of the jewess and the mandarin chinese boy
  • He led her down from her gilded canopy of cloth.
  • And through her blindfold she could make out the figures there before her
  • And how the air was thick with incense, cardamom and myrrh.
  • So goodnight, boys, goodnight
  • Say goodnight, boys, goodnight
  • We set to sail on the clipper that's bound for South Australia
  • The weather's warm there, the natives are dark and nubile.
  • But if you listen, quiet, you can hear the footsteps on the cross-trees
  • The ghosts of sailors passed, their spectral bodies clinging to the shrouds.
  • So goodnight, boys, goodnight
  • Say goodnight, boys, goodnight.

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