The Boatman Dance

Dan Emmett


The boatman sing, the boatman dance

The boatman do most anything.

Never seen a pretty girl all your life

She was sure a boatman’ wife


Dance, boatman dance! Dance, boatman dance.

O dance all night till broad daylight

And go home with the gals in de morning


Went on board the other day

To see what the boatman had to say

Stand back me lads you have no chance

We call this the boatman dance


When you hear the boatmans horn

Look out out boys the ship is gone

They wheeled away of they go

Way down the river to the old Ohio