Collected by Sue Holley
Sung by Mr. Frank Poole Fayetteville, Arkansas August 4, 1959
and Helen McAllister For Mary Celestia Parler
Transcribed by Sue Holley
and Helen McAllister
Reel 290, Item 10
The Ship That Never Returned
On a summer day when the leaves were rippled By a soft and gentle breeze,
Did a ship set sail with its cargo all laden
Far beyond the dark blue sea.
There were sweet farewells, there were loving signals, As the youngsters round her yearned Tho they knew it not was long lost parting Of the ship that never returned.
Did she ever return? No, she never returned
And her fate lies yet untold
Though for years and years there were fond hearts waiting
For the ship that never returned.
Said a feeble lad to his aged mother I must cross the wide wide sea,
For they say perchance in foreign climate There is health and strength for me.
With a gleam of hope and an air of danger For her youngest son;
And she sent him forth with a smile and blessing On that ship that never returned.
Only one more trip said a gallant seaman,
And he kissed his weeping wife,
Only one more bag of the golden treasures,
Then that will last us all our life.
Then we'll spend our days in our cozy cottage And enjoy the rest I've earned.
But alas poor man he sailed, commander,
Of the ship that never returned.
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