Ten Thousand Miles Away
Traditional

Sing ho! for a brave and gallant ship
With a fair and favorin’ breeze
With a bully crew and a captain too
To carry me over the seas
To carry me over the seas, me boys,
To me true love far away
For I’m taking a trip on a government ship
Ten thousand miles away

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And sing blow, me bully boys, blow
A-rovin’ I will go
I’ll stay no more on England’s shore
To hear the music play
I’m off on the mornin’ train
And I won’t be back again
I’m takin’ a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away

Oh me true love, she was beautiful
Me true love, she was young
Her eyes were like the diamonds bright
And silvery was her tongue
And silvery was her tongue, me boys
As the big ship sailed away
And she said will you remember me
Ten thousand miles away

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h, it was a summer morning
When last I saw me Meg
She’d a Government band around each hand
And another one ‘round her leg
And another one ‘round her leg, me boys
As the big ship sailed away
“Adieu”, she said, “Remember me”
Ten thousand miles away

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Oh, I wish I was a bosun bold
Or sailor without fear
I’d man a boat and away I’d float
An’ straight for me true love steer
An’ straight for me true love steer, me boys
Where the dancin’ dolphins play
Where the whales and sharks are having their larks
Ten thousand miles away

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Oh, the sun may shine through a London fog
Or the river run quite clear
Or the ocean’s brine might turn to wine
Or I’ll forget me beer
Or I’ll forget me beer, me boys
On the landlord’s quarter-pay
But I’ll never forget me own true love
Ten thousand miles away

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