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When Our Ship Comes Home Lyrics

From the Joseph McGinnis Manuscript
  1. Come all you jovial shipmates
    That reef and furl the sails
    As we batter round Cape Horn
    In the cold and bitter gales
    There is a thought to cheer us
    As round the world we roam:
    It’s to kiss a pretty fair maid
    When our ship comes home.Chorus
    When our ship comes home
    When our ship comes home
    We’ll kiss a pretty fair maid
    When our ship comes home.
  2. It’s not out on the main yard
    Or on the flying boom
    Or scraping bright a lower mast
    Neath a brilliant trade wind moon
    But to drink a pot of brown ale
    And blow away the foam
    And kiss a pretty fair maid
    When our ship comes home.
  3. Each landsman has his wifeie
    And never goes to sea
    While we out on the topsail yard
    Are cursing bitterly
    But we know the day is coming
    As we batter through the foam
    When we’ll kiss a pretty fair maid
    When our ship comes home.
  4. So now haul out to windward
    And out to leeward haul
    Make fast your straining reefpoints
    And man your halyards all
    Strike up a roaring shanty
    To speed us o’er the foam
    And we’ll kiss a pretty fair maid
    When our ship comes home.
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