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Old Swansea Town Once More


This song was originally a windlass and capstan shanty.
There were many other variations and sets of lyrics to this tune.

Music by - Robert Shaw


Lyrics

Oh! Farewell to you, my Nancy,
ten thousand times adieu,
I'm bound to cross the ocean girl,
once more to part from you;
Once more to part from you, fine girl!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.


Now we're outward bound around Cape Horn,
to 'Frisco an' around,
I'll send you letters when we get there,
An' you'll know I'm homeward bound!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.


Now when we're homeward bound, my dear
I'll bring you silks galore,
I'll bring you jewels an' rings an' things,
An ye won't wear the weeds no more!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.


Now when we're leaving 'Frisco Town,
Outside of the Golden Gate,
I'll write my last letter to you, me dear
Then ye won't have so long to wait!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.


An' when we're leavin' the old Fallerones,
bound for my o' Swansea,
I know ye'll pull gal, on the string,
For to haul me in from sea!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.


An then when we're rounded old Cape Horn,
Climbin' the hill for home
Passed the Western Islands into the Bay
We'll have no further for to roam!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.


An' then when we up the Channel do sail,
I'll pray that you'll be there,
To wait, me dear, on Swansea pier
My lovely presents for to share!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.


When Swansea Town we're off once more,
We'll see the lights so clear,
I know that's Nancy down on the pier
In her dimity apron dear!

Chorus:
You're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see,
ol' Swansea Town once more,
You're the girl that I adore,
So take me ropes an' make me fast,
In ol' Swansea Town once more.




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