Ten Thousand Miles Away

Sing ho! for a brave and a gallant ship,

And a fair and favouring breeze,

A bully crew and a captain too

To carry me overseas

To carry me overseas, me boys,

To me true love far away,

I'm taking a trip on a Government ship

Ten thousand miles away.

 

So blow, ye winds hi-ho!

A-digging' we will go.

I'll stay no more on England's shore

So let the music play

Im off on the morning train

To cross the raging main

Im taking a trip on a government ship

Ten thousand miles away.

 

My true love was beautiful,

My true love she was young

With eyes that shone like diamonds bright

And silvery was her tongue

And silvery was her tongue, me boys

But now shes far away

She's taken a trip on a Government ship

Ten thousand miles away!

 

 

Oh, dark and dismal was the day

When last I saw my Meg

She'd a Government band around each hand

And another one round her leg

And another one round her leg, my boys

As the big ship sailed away

"Adieu,"  said she, "remember me,

Ten thousand miles away!"

 

I wish I were a bosun bold

Or maybe a bombardier

I'd build a boat and away I'd float

And straight for me true love steer;

And straight for me true love steer, my boys

Where the dancing dolphins play,

Where the whales an' sharks are having their larks

Ten thousand miles away.

 

Oh, the sun may shine through a London fog

Or the river run quite clear,

Or the ocean brine turn into wine

Or I forget my beer

Or I forget my beer, my boys

Or the landlord's quarter-pay

Before I forget me own true love

Ten thousand miles away.