Songs of the Seafarers

THE NANTUCKET GIRLS SONG

I have made up my mind now to be a Sailors wife,
To have a purse full of money and a very easy life,
For a clever sailor Husband, is so seldom at his home,
That his Wife can spend the dollars, with a will thats all her own,
Then I’ll haste to wed a Sailor, and send him off to sea
For a life of independence, is the pleasant life for me.
But every now and then I shall like to see his face,
For it always seems to me to beam with manly grace,
With his brow so nobly open, and his dark and kindly eye,
Oh my heart beats fondly towards him whenever he is nigh,
But when he says; Good bye my love, I’m off across the sea
First I cry for his departure; Then laugh because I’m free,
Yet I’ll welcome him most gladly, whenever he returnes
And share with him so cheerfully all the money that he earns
For he’s a loving Husband, though he leads a roving life
And well I know how good it is, to be a Sailors Wife.

View looking toward New Bedford Port

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