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Nancy Lee


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Of all the wives as e'er you know

Yeo-ho lads ho Yeo-ho Yeo-ho

There's none like Nancy Lee I trow

Yeo-ho Yeo-ho Yeo-ho

See there she stands and waves her hands

Upon the quay and every day

When I'm away she'll watch for me

And whisper low when tempests blow

For Jack at sea Yeo-ho lads ho! Yeo-ho

CHORUS after each verse

The sailor's wife the sailor's star shall be

Yeo-ho we go across the sea

The sailor's wife the sailor's star shall be

The sailor's wife his star shall be

The harbor's past the breezes blow

Yeo-ho lads ho Yeo-ho! Yeo-ho

'Tis long ere we come back I know

Yeo-ho Yeo-ho Yeo-ho

But true and bright from morn till night

My home will be and all so neat

And snug and sweet for Jack at sea

And Nancy's face to bless the place

And welcome me Yeo-ho lads ho Yeo-ho

The bosun pipes the watch below

Yeo-ho! lads ho Yeo-ho Yeo-ho

Then here's a health afore we go

Yeo-ho Yeo-ho Yeo-ho

A long, long life to my sweet wife

And mates at sea and keep our bones

From Davy Jones where-e'er we be

And may you meet a mate as sweet

As Nancy Lee Yeo-ho lads ho Yeo-ho

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.