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The River Lea


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>It was one fine day in the month of May
And I was out ward bound
I had no tinĀ  for to buy some gin
So I walked the streets all round.
My shirt was out at the elbows
And I was sore in need
So I shipped as a jolly sailor
On board of the River Lea.

I'll go to sea no more beat down the Bay of Fundy

Forever more I'll stay on shore I'll go to sea no more.

>No more I'll my first lookout
No more I'll take my wheel
No more at the cry up aloft I'll fly
While Aye, Aye Sir I squeal.
No more I'll reef those tops'ls
No more I'll brace that spanker in
On board of the River Lea...CHORUS

>No more I'll put the lee fore brace,
Nor by royal halyards stand
No more I'll ride those swifters down
With a tarpot in my hand.
No more I'll cross those royal yards
Nor furl that flying jib
No more I'll shift gaff-tops'ls tacks
On board of the River Lea...CHORUS

>I've sailed the Western Ocean
I've sailed the raging main.
But I've made it a rule, I won't be a fool
And go to sea again.
I'll stay at home in comfort
And good advice I'll give:
Don't ever ship as a sailor
On board of the River Lea...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.