Abney Park – Scallywag Swing Lyrics

They tied up their boat in the middle of the night
And they unload their instruments by lantern light
The streets are quiet and the town is dead
But that’s okay, they got a plan inside their head

These little towns come alive as they do the thing
And nobody forgets the Scallywag Swing
The Scallywag Swing

They tromp through the streets and find a music hole
The sleepy audience leaning ‘gainst the wall
Then the scallywag troupe takes the stage
When they fire up their instruments, the beat’ll lay this rage

These little towns come alive as they do the thing
‘Cause nobody forgets the Scallywag Swing
The Scallywag Swing

By the second bar, the crowd is on their feet
Dancing to the rhythm of this brand new beat
And the charming band leader gives his tux a tug
And dives into the floor and now he’s cuttin’ a rug

Now the slippery band leader starts to do his thing
And nobody forgets the Scallywag Swing
The Scallywag Swing

He’ll find a rich woman nearly twice his age
Pull her to the dance floor, husband in a rage
As he pulls their bodies close, dancing cheek to cheek
A pocket-picking monkey ’round the room will sneak

Collecting all the cash like a simian king
Oh nobody forgets the Scallywag Swing
The Scallywag Swing

(Swing scallywag, swing scallywag, swing)
(Swing scallywag, swing scallywag, swing)
(Swing scallywag, swing scallywag, swing)
(Swing scallywag, swing scallywag, swing)

They tied up their boat in the middle of the night
And they unload their instruments by lantern light

The Scallywag Swing