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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Across Saginaw Bay the Roberts did ride With dark and deep water rolling over her side. And now for Port Huron the Roberts must go, Where the tug Kate Williams took us in tow.
We went through North Passage—O Lord, how it blew! And all round the Dummy a large fleet there came too. The night being dark, Old Nick it would scare. We hove up next morning and for Cleveland did steer.
Now the Roberts in Cleveland, made fast stem and stern, And over the bottle we'll spin a big yarn. But Captain Harvey Shannon had ought to stand treat, For getting to Cleveland ahead of the fleet.
Now my song is ended, I hope you won't laugh. Our dunnage is packed and all hands are paid off. Here's health to the Roberts^ she's stanch, strong, and true} Not forgotten the bold boys that comprise her crew.
Derry down, down, down, deny down.
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