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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleI saw three ships Music Note (Music Score Available)
Roud No.700
Collected FromNewman, Samuel
LocationDownton
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByBlunt, Janet H.
Alternative Title
TuneBlunt, Jane
Date
Source PrimaryJanet Blunt Collection (VWML) Vol. 11 pp.396 - 399 (version c) / Vol. 12 pp.463 - 466
Source Secondary
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I saw three ships come sailing by,
Come sailing by, come sailing by,
I saw three ships come sailing by,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Verse 2

And who should be in those three ships,
In those three ships, in those three ships,
And who should be in those three ships,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Verse 3

And he did whistle and she did sing,
And she did sing, and she did sing,
And he did whistle and she did sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Verse 4

And all the bells on earth shall sing,
On earth shall sing, on earth shall sing,
And all the bells on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Verse 5

And all the angels in Heaven shall sing,
In Heaven shall sing, in Heaven shall sing,
And all the angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Janet Blunt - Noted by Jane H. Blunt from Sam Newman at Adderbury, 1916, ... as sung when a boy in Wiltshire [Downton] by Mr Sam Newman, now of Adderbury.

Note 2

Reproduced with permission given by the English Folk Dance and Song Society

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2008.

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