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The Leaving of Liverpool


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Farewell to you, my own true love,
I am going far away

I am bound for Cali – for – ni – a and
I know that I’ll return some-day

So fare thee well, my own true love
For when I return united we will be
It’s not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

I have shipped on a Yankee sailing ship
Davy Crockett is her name

And her captain’s name is Burgess and they
Say she’s a floating shame CHORUS

It’s me second trip with Burgess on the Crockett, and I think I know him well

If a man’s a seaman he’ll get along,
but if not then he’s sure in hell ... CHORUS

On the sun is on the harbour, love,
and I wish that I could remain,

For I know that it will be a long, long time,
before I see you again ... CHORUS

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.