Leave Her, Johnny

Lyrics

I thought I heard the old man say
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
You can go ashore and draw your pay
And it’s time for us to leave her

Chorus
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
When the wind won’t blow and the ship won’t go
And it’s time for us to leave her

You can make her mast and pack your gear
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
You can leave her moored to the East quay pier
And it’s time for us to leave her

The winds were foul, the work was hard
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
From Greenock Docks to Brooklyn Yard
And it’s time for us to leave her

She would neither steer nor wear nor stay
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
She shipped it green both night and day
And it’s time for us to leave her

She shipped it green and she made us curse
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
The mate was a devil and the old man worse
And it’s time for us to leave her

The winds were foul, the ship was slow
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
The grub was bad, the wages low,
And it’s time for us to leave her

The winds were foul, the trip was long
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
But before we go we’ll sing this song
And it’s time for us to leave her

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