THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL

 

Farewell to you me own true love
I am going far away
I am bound for California
And I know that I'll return some day.

chorus:
So fare thee well me own true love
For when I return united we will be.
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But me darling when I think of thee.

I have shipped on a Yankee sailing ship
Davy Crockett is her name
And her Captain's name was Burgess
And they say that she's a floating hell.

Oh the sun is on the harbour love
And I wish I could remain
For I know it will be a long, long time
Untill I see you again.

 

Note: this is an English Ballad popular in Ireland. It is a song of lament at having to emigrate to America and leave the place of our birth and loved ones.