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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleWhen we are homeward bound
Roud No.927
Collected FromGrubb, George
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No. Gl 88
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 5th February, 1916, p 3, Part 17, No. 9
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

To Blackwall Docks I will bid adieu,
To charming Kate and lovely Sue,
Our anchor's weighed, our sail's unfurled,
We're about to plough the watery world -
That's when we are homeward bound.

Verse 2

And when we arrive in London Docks,
The pretty girls come down in flocks,
One to the other you hear them say -
Here comes Jack with his three year's pay.
"Here comes Jack with his three year's pay!"
That's when we are homeward bound.

Verse 3

When we get to the Dog and Bell,
They have very good liquors to sell,
In comes the landlord with a smile,
Saying - "Drink my lads, for it's worth your while."
That's when we are homeward bound.

Verse 4

But when our money's all gone and spent,
There's none to be borrowed, and none to be lent,
Then in comes the landlord with a frown,
Saying - "Get up Jack, and let John sit down."
That's when we are outward bound.
Print Song Lyrics
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'I have seen a more lengthy version of this song in print, though the following is the whole I have obtained in the neighbourhood. The copy I noted down from Mr George Grubb, Ewen, near Cirencester.'

Note 2

George Grubb is described elsewhere as 'formerly of South Marston'.

In the last line of each verse the original text read:

That's when we're homeward bound

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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