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Proud Sally


courtesy of

A sailor from Dover from Dover he came

He courted lovely Sally and Sally was her name

But still she walked so lofty and her fortune was so high

That she on a sailor would scarce cast an eye

A few months being over and a few months being past

This fair she began to grow sick at the last

She grew sick at the last and she couldn't tell for why

And she sent for the sailor that she of-times did deny

Am I the doctor that you sent for me

Or am I the young man that you sent for me

Oh yes you're the doctor you can either kill or cure

The pain that I feel dear is hard to endure

Where does the pain lie does it lie in your head

Or where does the pain lie does it lie in your side

Oh indeed young man you're not far off the guess

The pain that I feel lies under my left breast

She took the gold rings off her fingers by one two or three Saying

Take you these dear Willie in remembrance of me

In remembrance of me my dear when I am dead and gone

And perhaps you'll be sorry then for what you have done

Oh Sally dearest Sally oh Sally dear said he

Don't you remember when you first slighted me

 You mocked me with cruelty and slighted me with scorn

And now I'll reward you for what you have done.

Oh Willie dearest Willie forget and forgive

And grant me a little while longer to live

Oh no dearest Sally as long as I breathe

I'll dance on your tomb while you lie underneath

Now Sally's dead and got buried at last

And Willie's lamenting for all that is past

Saying Sally lovely Sally if you were yet alive

It's you I would wed and all others deprive

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.