leaving of Liverpool


Farewell to Prince's Landing Stage
River Mersey, fare thee well
I am bound for California
It’s a place that I know right well

  So fare thee well, my own true love
  And 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

I'm bound for California
By the way of stormy Cape Horn
And I'll write to you a letter, my love
When I am homeward bound

I have signed on a Yankee Clipper ship
Davy Crockett is her name
And Burgess is the Captain of her
And they say she's a floating Hell

I have shipped with Burgess once before
And I think I know him well
If a man's a seaman, he can get along
If not, then he's sure in Hell

Farewell to lower Frederick Street
Ensign Terrace and Park Lane
For I think it will be a long, long time
Before I see you again

Oh the sun is on the harbor, love
And I wish I could remain
For I know it will be a long, long time
Till I see you again
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C’est peut-être la chanson la plus connue des chants marins anglais.

Oh, que le chanteur voudrait rester en Liverpool. Qu’il en a de beaux souvenirs. Mais il doit partir en mer avec Capitaine Burgess – un vrai salaud!