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Mary Ann
Album: Where the Dolphins Do Play
Album: Pirate Songs, Sea Songs & Shanties

 
Words by Barney Williams, Music by M. Jyse (1856)
A Sailor's love song from Nova Scotia. Mary Ann is an Anglo-American music hall song of the 1850s.  
 

 
Ah then, fare thee well, my own true love
Fare thee well, my dear
For the ship is waiting and the wind blows high
And I am bound away for the sea Mary Ann

Do you see that crow that flies on high
She will surely turn to white
If I ever prove false to you my love
Bright morn will turn to night my dear Mary Ann

Your company, my dearest dear
So pleasant it is to me
It makes think when I am away
That every day is three my dear Mary Ann

Do you see the grass beneath your feet
Arise and grow again
But love it is a killing thing
Do you ever feel the pain my dear Mary Ann

A lobster boiling in the pot
A bluefish on the hook
They are suffering long, but it's nothing like
The ache I bear for you my dear Mary Ann

Ten thousand miles away from home
Ten thousand miles or more
The sea may freeze and the earth may burn
If I nevermore return to you Mary Ann

Ah then, fare thee well, my own true love
Fare thee well, my dear
For the ship is waiting and the wind blows high
And I am bound away for the sea Mary Ann

 

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