Sea Shanty

Sea Shanty

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Sea Shanty

Verse 1
We head for the Horn, sails tattered and torn
With a cargo of grain from the east
And the albatross glides under gunmetal skies
Over galloping white-capped seas

Verse 2
On deck the men struggle to handle the lines
Their fingers are numb with the cold
The ship pitches and yaws in the jaws of the storm
But the cargo’s secure in the hold

Chorus
Oh, give us fair winds and following seas to carry us home swiftly, oh please
There’s a friendly tavern and pretty maidens waiting in Blighty for me

Verse 3
We crossed the equator with all canvas pulling
For the Doldrums had set us free
Then one morning came the call we were yearning
Land-ho! We’re home from the sea

Chorus
Oh, give us fair winds and following seas to carry us home swiftly, oh please
There’s a friendly tavern and pretty maidens waiting in Blighty for me

Verse 4
The ship’s at the dock, we’ve unloaded the grain
The crew have gone shoreside, they’re free
But before very long I will set sail again
For I must answer the call of the sea



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Comments

Sunfire's picture

Some nice images, John. Easy to visualize and sings well to me as well.

Gwyn Jones's picture

Yessss! Excellent lyric John...I hope I can do them justice!

Saltyjohn's picture

Ha,ha! Terrific, rollicking. I think I've done my back in, doing a jig around the room!