Collected and transcribed by Fred Smith
Paula Faris Bentonville, Ark.
Jan. 10, 1960
Reel 321, Item 7
THE SAILOR BOY'S FAREWELL 321
Come, all of you bold sailors, and a tale I will unfold,
Of a three-mast ship called "Nancy Lee" and a sailor brave and bold.
Just a lad of seventeen was he, his mother's only boy,
Like other lads of sailor dads, the ocean was his joy.
One day he told his sweetheart, on the morrow he must sail And pressed a kiss upon her cheek that now had grown so pale, "Some day, I shall return to you upon my ship of gold,
And claim you for my loving bride, to cherish and to hold."
Many days she waited; watching on the shore,
It seems that ship was fated for the eternal more.
One day a sailor lad returned from the crew of the "Nancy Lee" Says he, "I am the only one that was saved from the wreck at sea."
In his hand he held a letter; the writing she knew well,
T'was a message from her sailor boy; it was his last farewell. She took it gently from his hand, while the tears dropped from her eye,
She whispered as she read it o'er, "My sailor boy, Good-by!"
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