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Rolling Home


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Up aloft amid the rigging
Swiftly blows the loud favoring gale
Strong as springtime in its blossom
Filling out each swelling sail

And the waves we leave behind us
Seem to murmur as they rise
We have tarried here to bear you
To the land you dearly prize

CHORUS after each verse

Rolling home rolling home
Rolling home across the sea
Rolling home to dear old England
Rolling home dear land to thee

Full ten thousand miles behind us
And a thousand miles before
Ancient ocean waves to waft us
To the well remembered shore

Cheer up Jack bright smiles await you
From the fairest of the fair
And her loving eyes will greet you
With kind welcomes everywhere

Call all hands to man the capstan
See the cable run down clear
Heave away and with a will boys
For old England we will steer

And we'll sing in joyful chorus
In the watches of the night
And we'll sight the shores of England
When the grey dawn brings the light

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.