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    "A Sailor's Life" Lyrics

    Fairport Convention

    A sailor's life, it is a merry life
    He robs young girls of their heart's delight
    Leaving them behind to weep and mourn
    They never know when they will return

    Well, there's four and twenty all in a row
    My true love he makes the finest show
    He's proper, tall, genteel withal
    And if I don't have him, I'll have none at all

    Oh, father build for me a bonny boat
    That on the wide ocean I may float

    And every Queen's ship that we pass by
    There I'll inquire for my sailor boy

    They had not sailed long upon the deep
    When a Queen's ship they chanced to meet
    You sailors all, pray tell me true
    Does my sweet William sail among your crew?

    Oh no, fair maiden, he is not here
    For he's been drowned, we greatly fear
    On yon green island, as we passed it by
    There we lost sight of your sailing boy

    Well, she rung her hands and she tore her hair
    She was like a young girl in great despair
    And her little boat against a rock did run
    "How can I live now? My sweet William is gone
    This song was submitted on January 27th, 2009 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing.
    Written by Ashley Hutchings, David Mattacks, Eddie Upton, Graeme Taylor, John Rodd, John Sothcott, John Tams, Michael Gregory, Phil Pickett, Shirley Collins, Simon John Nicol.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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