Coll. by Max Hunter Dubbed by M.C. Parler
Mrs. Pearl Brewer Pocahontas, Ark. May 27, 1959
Reel 345, Item 6
Johnny's Gone to Sea
One day while walking I spied a fair maiden,
A handsome young fellow she happened for to meet,
She quickly told him that very sadly They'd taken her Johnny away to sea.
I stood there and listened to what they were saying, For Johnny was my friend, you see,
She said, I am so sad and lonely,
Oh Willie, please come home with me.
That night they were talking about poor Johnny,
And how he would cross the roiling tide,
It was about nine when they heard voices,
He turned and asked her where he could hide.
There's a chest by my bed, now you run quickly,
She turned out the light and opened the door,
In walked Johnny with a wholembunch of sailors,
She couldn't count them, there were twenty or more.
I have not come to ask you for money,
Or I have not come home to rest,
I just got by to tell you I'm leaving,
And while I'm here I'll pick up my chest.
They picked it up and it was so heavy They set it down and looked inside,
And there laid Willie, sure looked silly,
His mouth and eyes were open so wide.
Now we won't kill him with guns nor fighting,
Nor we won't kill him with the sword,
We'll take him out on a whole days journey And there we'll throw him overboard.
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