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Tayluer's Leaving of Liverpool

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The Leaving of Liverpool, as sung by Captain Patrick Tayluer, New York, 1942


Now I’m leaving Liverpool, bound out for ’Frisco Bay

I’m leaving my sweetheart behind me, but I’ll come back and marry you someday
Oh, when I’m far away at sea, I’ll always think of you
And today I’m leaving Liverpool and the landing stage for sea

Singing fare you well, my own true love
When I return, united we will be
For it ain’t the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me,
But, me darling, when I thinks of you

Now I know I’ll be a long time away on this voyage to ’Frisco Bay,
We’re off to California, where there’s lots of gold today,
I’ll bring you back silk dresses, and lots of finery
I’ll bring you presents of all sorts, and my money I’ll get from the sea

Well, I wrote a note and dropped it on the landing stage for her
Telling her that I would pray for her,
God knows, when I was at sea I’ll go about my duties, always thinking about you
And when I do return, I’ll marry you, my Sue

And when I’m homeward bound, I’ll write you a letter and let you know that I’m coming home
And I’ll let you know what I’ve done at sea, when I am bound to you
I’ll gather all my strings in, and I hope you’ll do the same
When I’m bound back to Liverpool, you know just what I mean

Now, a strong Westerly wind, it blows us home around Cape Horn for land
We’re coming back for Liverpool, and we’ll soon be hand in hand
When I pass the light ship, oh, this prayer I’ll say for you
May God bless the two of us and our happy union prove.

Singing fare you well, my own true love
When I return, united we will be
For it ain’t the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me,
But, me darling, when I thinks of you

 
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