We'll Go To Sea No More (MacEdward Leach)

Ye foggy girls of Liverpool,
to you I'm going to write,
Concerning of the sea, my boys,
where seamen takes a life;
Concerning of the sea, my boys,
where we poor seamen do,
When these land-loafing fellows
will stay at home with you.

Oh, these land-loafing fellows
will tell the girls fine tales,
In all the little furrows
when crossing over the fields,
Causing the girls to think
that's all they got to do,
Whilst we poor, jolly seamen bold
plow in the ocean blue.

Now when the evening do come on,
they 'Il throw away their plow,
And when the sun, it do go down,
it's home they'll go just now;
And when the night, it do come on,
it's into bed they'll crawl,
Whilst we poor jolly seamen
stand many a wicked squall.

Now one dark night, as dark as pitch,
that wind began for to blow,
Our Captain, he gave orders,
"All hands down there below;
All hands from there below, my boys,
come pay our ship regard,
Up and loft aloft, my lively lads,
and send down your topsail yard."

The wind blew from the ocean,
it tossed us up and down,
And we lay in confusion,
thinking we would be drowned;
Our Captain cries, "No fear, my boys,
we'll see our girls again,
And in spite of all our enemies,
we'll plow the sea again."

Oh, now the gale is over
and home we will return,
Unto our wives and sweethearts,
we left behind for to mourn;
So merrily we will sing and dance
as we often done before,
And when our money it is all spent,
we'll go to sea for more.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional ballad ....####

Collected in 1951 from Patrick (Paddy) (Nick) Duggan [1902-1977] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected from Richard Hines by William Roy Mackenzie [1883-1957] and published as #95, Jolly Sailors Bold on pp.253-254 of Ballads And Sea Songs From Nova Scotia ©1928; reprinted by Folklore Associates ©1963.


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