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THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL
Traditional

Fare thee well to Prince's Landing Stage
Mersey River, fare thee well
well I am bound for California
but I know that I'll return someday

Chorus:
So fare thee well, my own true love
When I return united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

Oh I have signed on the yankee sailin' ship
Davy Crockett is her name
And Burgess is the captain of her
And they say that she’s a floatin’ shame

Chorus

Oh I have sailed with this Burgess once before
And I think that I know him quite well
For if a man is a sailor, he can get along
If not, he's in a floating Hell

Chorus

The sun is on the harbor, love
And I wish that I could be thain
Because I know it will be some long long time
Before we see you again
 

Footnote: This song was a great favourite during the Scottish folk revival.  Probably helped by the fact it was on The Dubliners first album - sung by that great singer, Luke Kelly - it was in the repertoire of many new folk groups.

 

 


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