Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy


Here's adieu sweet lovely Nancy, ten thousand times adieu,
For I am over the ocean love, to seek for something new
Come change your ring with me, dear girl, come change your ring with me
For it might be a token of our true love while I am across the sea.

And when I am across that sea then you'll know not where I am
Kind letters I would write to you from every foreign land
The secret of your mind dear girl, is the best of my good will
So let your body be where it might, my heart will lie with you still

There's tinkers and tailors, there's shoemakers, lie snoring fast asleep
While we poor souls on the ocean love, we our ploughing through the deep
Our officer's command us, and them we must obey
Expecting every moment all to get cast away.

There's a heavy storm is arising, see how it gathers around
While we poor souls on the ocean love, we are fighting for the crown
There's nothing to protect us love, or keep us from the cold
On the ocean wide where we must bide like jolly sailors bold

But when these wars they are over, there'll be peace on every shore
We'll return to our wives and our families and the ones that we do adore
We'll call for liquor merrily, we'll spend our money free
But when our money it is all gone, then boldly we'll go back to sea.

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