Call John the Boatman

Call John the boat-man, call, call a-gain.
For loud roars the tempest and fast falls the rain.
Johnny is a good man, he sleeps so very sound,
His oars are at rest and his boat is aground
Red rolls the river, so rapid and so deep;
Well the louder you call him, the faster he'll sleep!

From Capt. Patrick Tayluer
From Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman by William Main Doerflinger (1951, '72, '91)