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Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea

It was on last Sunday evening
Just about the hour of three
When my darling started to leave me
To sail on the deep blue sea

He promised to write me a letter
He promised to write to me
But I haven't heard from my darling
Who is sailing on the deep blue sea

My mother is dead and buried
My father's forsaken me
And I have no one to love me
But the sailor on the deep blue sea

Oh captain, can you tell me
Can you tell me where he may be
Oh yes, my little maiden
He's drownded in the deep blue sea

Farewell to friends and relations
This's the last you'll see of me
I'm going to end my troubles
By drowning in the deep blue sea


A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com