A song about being too drunk and stashed in the alley by other sailors until they were ready to leave. 'Bully' means incapacitated. Shinbone Alley is a street in St George's, Bermuda.

The Three Pruned Men sing it as 'there's a bully in the alley' rather than 'I'm bully in the alley'. The first verse is sung a capella which helps to give the impression that he is lonely and his friends are there teasing him. He does sound drunk in the way it is sung. Later, the piano accordian, violin, tambourine and drums make a festive arrangement.

Sheet music can be found here



Bully in the Alley
CHORUS:
Help me, Bob, I'm bully in the alley,
Way, hey, bully in the alley!
Help me, Bob, I'm bully in the alley,
Bully down in shinbone al!

Well, Sally is the girl down that I love dearly,
Way, hey, bully in the alley!
Sally is the girl that I spliced nearly.
Bully down in shinbone al!


CHORUS

For seven long years I courted Sally,
Way, hey, bully in the alley!
All she did was dilly-dally.
Bully down in shinbone al!


CHORUS

I'll leave Sal and I'll become a sailor,
Way, hey, bully in the alley!
I'll leave Sal and ship aboard a whaler.
Bully down in shinbone al!


CHORUS

I'll come back and I'll marry Sally,
Way, hey, bully in the alley!
We'll have kids and count them by the tally.
Bully down in shinbone al!


CHORUS




References:
Anitra.net
Pirates of Brown University