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Ten Thousand Miles Away


Hugill says the song first appears to have been sung by street singers
in Ireland in the early part of the 19th Century and under the name
Botany Bay. It was a favourite song of the old London music halls.
It later went to sea as a forebitter and was used at times as a capstan song.
Version sung here is an up-tempo adaption for entertainment.

Music by - Musical Blades


Lyrics

It's ho! For a brave and a gallant ship
And a fair and a favouring breeze
With a bully crew and a captain too
To carry me over the seas
To carry me over the seas, me lads
To my true love far away
For I'm taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away.

So blow, ye winds and blow and a-roving I will go
I'll stay no more on England's shore
To hear sweet music play
For I'm off on the bounding maine and I won't be back again
For I'm taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away.


My true love she was beautiful
And my true love was young
Her eyes were like the diamond sprite
And silver was her tongue
And silver was her tongue me lads
as the big ship left the bay
As she said "Will you remember me
Ten thousand miles away?"

So blow, ye winds and blow and a-roving I will go
I'll stay no more on England's shore
To hear sweet music play
For I'm off on the bounding maine and I won't be back again
For I'm taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away.


Now, dark and dismal was the day
When last I saw my Meg
She'd a Government band around each hand
And another one round her leg
Oh another one round her leg me lads
As the big ship left sailed away
And I said that I'd be true to her
Ten thousand miles away.

So blow, ye winds and blow and a-roving I will go
I'll stay no more on England's shore
To hear sweet music play
For I'm off on the bounding maine and I won't be back again
For I'm taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away.


I wish I was a bosun bold
Or a sailor without fear
I'd man a boat and away I'd float
And straight for me true love steer
And straight for me true love steer me lads
Where the whales and dolphins play
Where the whales and sharks are having their larks
Ten thousand miles away.

So blow, ye winds and blow and a-roving I will go
I'll stay no more on England's shore
To hear sweet music play
For I'm off on the bounding maine and I won't be back again
For I'm taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away.


Oh, the sun may shine through the London fog
Or the river run quite clear
Or the ocean brine turn into wine
Or I'll forget my beer
Or I'll forget my beer me lads
Or the landlord's quarter pay
Before I forget my darling Meg
Ten thousand miles away.

So blow, ye winds and blow and a-roving I will go
I'll stay no more on England's shore
To hear sweet music play
For I'm off on the bounding maine and I won't be back again
For I'm taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away.




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