Ratcliffe Highway lyrics and chords

The chords to Ratcliffe Highway are presented in the key of Em. The lyrics are a warning to any sailors who plan to go for a drink at an alehouse on Ratcliffe Highway.

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As  
Em 
I was walking down London
 
From wapping to Ratcliffe high
B7 
way
 
Well I  
Em 
chanced to go into an alehouse
 
To spend a long  
B7 
night and a  
Em 
day
 
A young  
Em 
doxy came rolling up to me
 
And asked if I’d money to  
B7 
sport
Em 
For a bottle of wine changed a guinea
 
And quickly re
B7 
plied “That’s the  
Em 
sort.”

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When the bottle was put on the table
There were glasses for everyone
When I asked for the change of me guinea
She tipped me the verse of a song

This lady flew into a passion
She placed both her hands on her hips
Saying “Sailor, don’t you know our fashion
Do you think you’re on board of your ship?”

“Well if this is your fashion to rob me
It’s a fashion that I won’t abide
So launch out the change of me guinea
Or I’ll give to you a broadside.”

A gold watch hung over the mantel
So the change of me guinea I take
And down the stairs I run nimbly
Saying “Damn me old boots I’m well paid.”

Well the night it being dark in me favour
To the river I quickly did creep
I got into a boat bound for Deptford
Got safely on board of me ship

So come all of you young sailors
That ramble down Ratclifffe Highway
If you chance to go into an alehouse
Be careful how long, lad, you stay

For the wines and the women invite you
And your heart will be all in a rage
If you give them a guinea for a bottle
You can go to the devil for your change

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As [Em]I was walking down London
From wapping to Ratcliffe high[B7]way
Well I [Em]chanced to go into an alehouse
To spend a long [B7]night and a [Em]day

A young [Em]doxy came rolling up to me
And asked if I’d money to [B7]sport
[Em]For a bottle of wine changed a guinea
And quickly re[B7]plied “That’s the [Em]sort.”

When the bottle was put on the table
There were glasses for everyone
When I asked for the change of me guinea
She tipped me the verse of a song

This lady flew into a passion
She placed both her hands on her hips
Saying “Sailor, don’t you know our fashion
Do you think you’re on board of your ship?”

“Well if this is your fashion to rob me
It’s a fashion that I won’t abide
So launch out the change of me guinea
Or I’ll give to you a broadside.”

A gold watch hung over the mantel
So the change of me guinea I take
And down the stairs I run nimbly
Saying “Damn me old boots I’m well paid.”

Well the night it being dark in me favour
To the river I quickly did creep
I got into a boat bound for Deptford
Got safely on board of me ship

So come all of you young sailors
That ramble down Ratclifffe Highway
If you chance to go into an alehouse
Be careful how long, lad, you stay

For the wines and the women invite you
And your heart will be all in a rage
If you give them a guinea for a bottle
You can go to the devil for your change

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