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Sailing, Sailing: Lyrics and Lead Sheet

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Heave ho! my lads the wind blows free,
A pleasant gale is on our lee;
And soon across the ocean clear,
our gallant bark that bravely steer;
But 'ere we part from England's shores tonight,
a song we'll sing for home and beauty bright.

Chorus:
Then here's to the sailor,
and here's to the hearts so true.
Who will think of him upon the water blue.
Sailing, sailing over the bounding main,
for many a stormy wind shall blow
'ere Jack comes home again;
Sailing, sailing over the bounding main,
For many a stormy wind shall blow
'ere Jack comes home again!

The sailor's life is bold and free,
His home is on the rolling sea,
And never heart more true or brave
Than he who launches on the wave.
Afar he speeds in distant climes to roam,
With jovial song he rides the sparkling foam.

Chorus:

The tide is flowing with the gale,
Y'heave ho! My lads, set every sail!
The harbor bar we soon shall clear,
Farewell once more to home so dear;
For when the tempest rages wide and far,
That home shall be the sailor's guiding star.

Chorus:

 


Music excerpt (click on image for full pdf version in C, Bb, Db and G (alto clef))

Sailing, Sailing

 

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