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Ten Thousand Miles Away

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It’s off for the life on a gallant ship
With a fair and favoring breeze
With a bully crew and a captain too
To carry me over the seas
To carry me over the seas me boys
To my true love far away
For I’m taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away

And sing blow, you bully boys blow, a-roving I will go
I’ll stay no more on England’s shore
Or hear the music play
I’m off on the morning train and I won’t be back again
For I’m taking a trip on a Government ship
Ten thousand miles away

Well me true love she was beautiful
Me true love she was young
But she’s taken a trip on a Government ship
Bound out to Botany Bay
Bound out to Botany Bay my boys
And though she’s far away
I’ll never forget me own true love
Ten thousand miles away

Oh 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
And another one round her leg my boys
As the big ship left the bay
And I said that I’d be true to her
Ten thousand miles away

Oh 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 my boys
Where the dancing dolphins play
Where the whales and sharks are having their larks
Ten thousand miles away

Oh, the sun may shine through the London fog
Or the river run quite clear
Or the ocean brine might turn to wine
Or I forget my beer
Or I forget my beer my ‘boys
Or the landlord’s quarter pay
Before I forget me own true love
Ten thousand miles away

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