Leaving of Liverpool
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Farewell to you, my own true love, I am going far, far away,
I am bound for California, but I know that I'll return someday.
So fare thee well my own true love,
When I return united we will be,
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me,
But my darling when I think of thee.
[Farewell to Princes' landing stage, River Mersey fare thee well,
I am bound for California, a place I know right well.
[I am bound for California by way of stormy Cape Horn,
And I will write to thee a letter, love, when I am homeward bound.
I have shipped on a Yankee sailing ship, Davy Crockett is her name,
And Burgess is the Captain of her, and they say that she's a floating shame.
I have sailed with Burgess once before, I think I know him well,
If a man's a sailor he can get along, if not then he's surely in hell.
[I am bound away to leave you, goodbye my love, farewell,
For I know it will be some long time before I see you again.
Oh the sun is on the harbour, love, and I wish that I could remain,
For I know that it will be a long, long time, before I see you again.
[Farewell to Lower Frederick Street, Anson Terrace and Park Lane,
I am bound away for to leave you and I'll never see you again.
History: Various versions have different sets of verses.