Sailing, Sailing

TITLE: Sailing, Sailing
AUTHOR: Godfrey Marks
CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: sailor, sea, ship, home
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1880 (sheet music)

SailingJames Frederick Swift, who wrote under the pseudonym of Godfrey Marks, was born in Manchester in 1847, became an organist and composer and died in Wallasey, Cheshire, in 1931. The complete lyrics and music are found in the Franklin Square Song Collection (1888), “two hundred favorite songs and hymns for schools and homes, nursery and fireside.” (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1888, Number 5, page 17.) Available free on Google Books

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • The Sailor’s Farewell
  • Over the Bounding Main

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Sailing, Sailing

Y’heave ho! my lads, the wind blows free;
A pleasant gale is on our lee,
And now across the ocean clear,
Our gallant bark we’ll bravely steer.
But ‘ere we part from England’s shore tonight,
A song we’ll sing for home and beauty bright
Then here’s to the sailor, and here’s to the one so true
Who will think of him up on the waters 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 jocund song he rides the sparkling foam.
Then here’s to the sailor, and here’s to the one so true
Who will think of him upon the waters 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 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 loud and long,
That home shall be our guiding star among.
Then here’s to the sailor, and here’s to the one so true
Who will think of him up on the waters 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.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books

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NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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