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A Sailor's Life


by Richard Thompson. Buy album CD: Watching The Dark


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 drownded, 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




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Album: Watching The Dark (1993) Lyrics
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  1. A Man In Need
  2. Can't Win
  3. Waltzing's For Dreamers
  4. Crash The Party
  5. I Still Dream
  6. Bird In God's Garden / Lost And Found
  7. Now Be Thankful
  8. A Sailor's Life
  9. Genesis Hall
  10. The Knife-edge
  11. Walking On A Wire
  12. Small Town Romance
  13. The Shepherd's March / Maggie Cameron
  14. Wall Of Death
  15. For Shame Of Doing Wrong
  16. Back Street Slide
  17. Strange Affair
  18. The Wrong Heartbeat
  19. Borrowed Time
  20. From Galway To Graceland
  21. Tear Stained Letter
  22. Keep Your Distance
  23. Bogie's Bonnie Belle
  24. Poor Wee Jockey Clark
  25. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair
  26. Dimming Of The Day
  27. Old Man Inside A Young Man
  28. Never Again
  29. Hokey Pokey (The Ice Cream Song)
  30. A Heart Needs A Home
  31. Beat The Retreat
  32. Al Bowlly's In Heaven
  33. Walking Through A Wasted Land
  34. When The Spell Is Broken
  35. Devonside
  36. Little Blue Number
  37. I Ain't Going To Drag My Feet No More
  38. Withered And Died
  39. Nobody’s Wedding
  40. The Poor Ditching Boy
  41. The Great Valerio
  42. Twisted
  43. The Calvary Cross
  44. Jennie
  45. The Hand Of Kindness
  46. Two Left Feet
  47. Shoot Out The Lights

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