Faithful Sailor Boy, The

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The Faithful Sailor Boy

Roud 376

Version from George Spicer

  1. It was a stormy winter’s night
    The snow lay on the ground
    The sailor boy stood on the quay
    His ship was outward bound
    His sweetheart standing by his side
    Shed many a silent tear
    And as he pressed her to his breast
    He whispered in her ear

    Farewell, farewell my own true love
    This parting brings me pain
    I’ll be your own true guiding star
    When I return again
    My thoughts shall be of you, of you
    When the storms are raging high
    So fare thee well, remember me
    Your faithful sailor boy

  2. Without a gale the ship set sail
    He bid his love goodbye
    She watched his craft till out of sight
    A tear bedimmed her eye
    She prayed to him in heaven above
    To guide him on his way
    His last and loving words that night
    Re-echoed o’er the bay

  3. But sad to say the ship returned
    Without her sailor boy
    He died whilst on the voyage home
    The flag was half-mast high
    And when his comrades came on shore
    They told het he was dead
    A letter he had sent to her
    the last lien sadly read

    Final chorus
    Farewell, farewell my own true love
    On earth we’ll meet no more
    I soon shall be from storm and sea
    On that eternal shore
    I hope to meet you in that land
    That land beyond the sky
    Where you shall not be parted from
    Your faithful sailor boy

Version from Fred Whiting

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