Fathom the Bowl

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"Fathom the Bowl" (Roud 880) is an English drinking song, probably dating from the nineteenth century.

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So come all you bold heroes attend to my song,
We'll sing in the praise of good brandy and rum,
There's a clear crystal fountain over England does flow,
Give to me the punch ladle, I'll fathom the bowl.
Chorus:
I'll fathom the bowl, I'll fathom the bowl.
Give to me the punch ladle, I'll fathom the bowl.

From France we do get brandy, from Jamaica comes rum,
Sweet oranges and lemons from Portugal come,
Good stout and strong cider from England does flow,
Give to me the punch ladle, I'll fathom the bowl.


My father he do lie in the depths of the sea,
With a stone at his head - but what matter for he?
There's a clear crystal fountain over England does flow,
Give to me the punch ladle, I'll fathom the bowl.


My wife she do disturb me when I sits at my ease,
She does as she likes, she says as she please.
My wife she's the devil, she's as black as the coal,
Give to me the punch ladle, I'll fathom the bowl.

So come all you bold heroes attend to my song,
We'll sing in the praise of good brandy and rum,
There's a clear crystal fountain over England does flow,
Give to me the punch ladle, I'll fathom the bowl.

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from Live Bait, released November 13, 2015

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When you think of wandering minstrels, do you ever think they might live on a boat? SaltyPaws is a sailing acoustic duo, living aboard their catamaran, sailing and singing the Atlantic eastern seaboard. You'll hear guitar and 5 string banjo, spiced with harmonica and concertina. Wherever the boat is in port, you'll find Bentley and Jim joining a jam, at an open mic, or busking a street corner. ... more

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