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Leave Her, Johnnie

From Closehauled on the Wind of a Dream

Adapted from the poetry of C. Fox Smith (1882-1954)

Music traditional;  additional lyrics © 2003, 2007 Bob Zentz

 

 

1.  A hundred miles from the Longships light (A)

Leave her, Johnnie, leave her! (E-A)

Sheís blowing up for a dirty night (D-A-F#m)

And it's time for us to leave her! (A-E-A)

 

     Oh, leave her Johnnie, leave her (E-A)

     Leave her Johnnie, leave her (D-A)

     Now the voyage is done, and the winds donít blow (D-A-F#m)

     And itís time for us to leave her (A-E-A)

 

2.  Sheís down by the head and settling fast

Leave her, Johnnie!

Her name and numberís up at last

And itís time for us to leave her!

 

3.  Now, it isnít the sea sheís sailed so long

Leave her, Johnnie, leave her!

It isnít the wind thatís used her wrong

But itís time for us to leave her!

 

4.  Weíve pumped her out with a right good will

Leave her, Johnnie, leave her!

A day and a night, and sheís sinking still

And itís time for us to leave her!

 

5.  Sheís smashed above and stove below

Leave her, Johnnie, leave her!

Now thereís nothing to do but roll and go

And itís time for us to leave her!

 

6.  A hundred miles from the Longships light

Leave her, Johnnie, leave her!

Blowing up for a dirty night

And itís time for us to leave her!

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