T:Home Boys Home
B2A | G2G G2A | B2B B2A | G2A G2E | D3- D2
D | A3 A2B | c3 B2A | (G2A) B2c | d6 |
d3 d2B | c3 (d2c) | B2d c2B | A3- A2
d | d2d c2B | A2G F2E | D2D E2F | G3 ||
B2A | G3 z3 | D3 z3 | G3 z3 | z3 z3 |
B2A G2B | d6 | e3 e2e | d3 B2A | G3 F2G | A3
B2c | d3 d2B | c3 d2c | B2d c2B | A3- A2
d | d2d c2B | (A2G) F2E | D3 E2F | G3 ||
W:Well who wouldn't be a sailor lad a-sailing on the main
W:To gain the good will of his captain's good name?
W:He came ashore one evening for to see
W:And that was the beginning of my own true love and me.
W:And it's home, boys, home, home I'd like to be,
W:Home for a while in my own count-ry,
W:Where the oak and the ash and the bonny rowan tree,
W:Are all a-growing green in the north country.
W:Well I asked her for a candle to light my way to bed
W:Likewise for a handkerchief to tie around my head
W:She tended to my needs like a young maid ought to do
W:So then I says to her: "Now won't you jump in with me too?"
W:Well she jumped into bed, making no alarm
W:Thinking a young sailor lad could do to her no harm.
W:Well I hugged her and I kissed her the whole night long,
W:Till she wished the short night had been seven years long.
W:Well early next morning the sailor lad arose
W:And into Mary's apron threw a handful of gold
W:Saying: "Take this my dear for the damage that I've done
W:For tonight I fear I've left you with a daughter or a son."
W:"Well if it be a girl child send her out to nurse
W:With gold in her pocket and with silver in her purse.
W:and if it be a boy child he'll wear the jacket blue
W:And go climbing up the rigging like his daddy used to do."
W:And so, come all of you fair maidens, a warning take by me
W:Never let a sailor lad an inch above your knee
W:For I trusted one and he beguiled me
W:He left me with a pair of twins to dandle on my knee