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Bold Riley


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Our anchor's aweigh and our sails are all set,

Bold Riley-oh, boom-a- lay

And the folks we are leaving, we'll never forget,

Bold Riley-oh, gone away

CHORUS sung after each verse:

Goodbye, me darlin', goodbye, me dear-oh,

Bold Riley-oh, boom-a-lay,

Goodbye, me darlin' goodbye, me dear-oh,

Bold Riley-oh, gone away.

Wake up Mary Ellen, and don't look so glum,

Bold Riley-oh, boom-a- lay

By Whitestocking time, you'll be drinking hot rum,

Bold Riley-oh, gone away

The rain it is raining now all the day long,

Bold Riley-oh, boom-a- lay

And the northerly wind, it does blow so strong 

Bold Riley-oh, gone away

We're outward and bound for Bengal bay,

Bold Riley-oh, boom-a- lay

Get bendin', me boys, it's a hell of a way.

Bold Riley-oh, gone away  

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.