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Nassau girls

Well, Nassau gals aint got no combs
Way, hey, Susianna
They comb their headswith whipperback bones
Round the bay of Mexico
Round the bay of Mexico
Way-o Susianna
Mexico's where I belong
Round the bay of Mexico

When I was a young man in my prime
I had them young girls two at time

....Gals love me so
Cos I don't tell everything I know

Now there's Nassau town a-drawing near
You can see them girls all on the pier


From Tom
Nassau (the Bahamas) is or was a whaling town, as well as being a port renowned for its pirate trade. I assume that whipperback is a kind of whale with pliable bones (as in corsets) and these were used as combs?