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Across The Western Ocean


Pre 1849  English – Irish packet trade - the Western Ocean is the Atlantic - another version came about in 1849 due to the California gold rush 

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Oh the times are hard and the wages low   
A-me-lia where you bound to

The Rock- y mountains is my home   
A - cross the western o - cean

The land of promise there you’ll see   
A – me - lia where you bound to

I’m bound across the Western sea   
A - cross the Western O - cean

 I’ll take my way from Liverpool   
A-me – lia where you bound to

In Liverpool, that Yankee school  
A – cross the Western O – cean

There’s Liverpool Pat in a tarpaulin hat 
A – me – lia where you bound to

And Yankee Jack, the packet rat  
A – cross the Western O – cean

 Be - ware these packet ships I say,   
A – me – lia where you bound to

They steal your stores and clothes away  
A – cross the Western O - cean  

The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.