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Lyr Req: The Welcome Sailor (Lal & Norma Waterson)


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GUEST,janemick 20 Oct 10 - 05:08 PM
Jim Dixon 26 Oct 10 - 09:56 AM
Willa 26 Oct 10 - 02:23 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Welcome sailor
From: GUEST,janemick
Date: 20 Oct 10 - 05:08 PM

does anyone have the words for this song by Lal Waterson, please?
and / or a midi file of the tune?
Thanks, Jane

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From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 09:56 AM

I haven't heard the Watersons' recording, so I don't know whether this is the same song, but it seems likely.

From Sea Songs and Ballads selected by Christopher Stone (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1906), page 176:


1. As I walked out one night, it being dark all over,
The moon did show no light I could discover.
Down by a river side, where ships were sailing,
A lonely maid I spied, weeping and bewailing.

2. I boldly stept up to her, and ask'd her what griev'd her.
She made me this reply: None could relieve her,
For my love is pressed, she cried, to cross the ocean.
My mind is like the sea, always in motion.

3. He said, my pretty fair maid, mark well my story,
For your true love and I fought for England's glory.
By one unlucky shot, we both got parted,
And by the wounds he got, I'm broken hearted.

4. He told me before he died his heart was broken.
He gave me this gold ring. Take it for a token.
Take this unto my dear. There is no one fairer.
Tell her to be kind and love the bearer.

5. Soon as these words he spoke, she run distracted,
Not knowing what she did, nor how she acted.
She run ashore, her hair showing her anger.
Young man, you've come too late, for I'll wed no stranger.

6. Soon as these words she spoke, her love grew stronger.
He flew into her arms. he could wait no longer.
They both sat down and sung, but she sung clearest.
Like a nightingale in spring, Welcome home, my dearest.

7. He sang God bless the wind that blew him over.
She sang God bless the ship that brought him over.
They both sat down and sung, but she sung clearest,
Like a nightingale in spring, Welcome home, my dearest.

[The Bodleian Library broadside collection has several versions of this song. Also, Imagined Village performs a version of THE WELCOME SAILOR on YouTube.]

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Welcome sailor
From: Willa
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 02:23 PM

Sung by Lal on 'Lal and Norma Waterson: A True-hearted Girl' TSCD 507 and credited as Trad arr Waterson, Waterson.
The words are very slightly different from those posted above.If your library has a 'Folk' section you might be able to borrow a copy, or get them to borrow a copy for you.

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