Song: Pirate Song

The Actions

There's a lot of footwork in the chorus of this song. 

This way that way
You're supposed to turn slightly to the left and put a foot out and back then turn to the right and do the same.

Forwards, Backwards
Step forwards and then backwards

and up the Irish Sea
Done with the left hand making a fist punching upwards.

A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 
Usually a mimed drinking action and a rub of the tummy (again with the left hand).

Sometimes when this song is sung, the singers hand together with their right hand over the shoulders of the person next to them.

The Words

When I was one I hurt my thumb the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was two I buckled my shoe the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was three I hurt my knee the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was four I fell on the floor the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was five I learnt to dive the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was six I picked up sticks the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was seven I looked up at heaven the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was eight I closed the gate the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was nine I met a porcupine the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 

When I was ten I made a den the day I went to sea

I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me,
We're going this way that way 
forwards, backwards 
and up the Irish sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum and that's the life for me. 



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