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