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Ballads and Songs
i. On a summer's day, when the waves were rippled By the softest, gentlest breeze, Did a ship set sail with its cargo laden For a port beyond the seas. Refrain
Did she ever return ?
No, she never returned,
And her fate is yet unlearned,
Though for years and years
There've been loved ones watching,
But the ship has never returned.
2.  There were sad farewells, there were loving signals, And her fate is yet unlearned;
Though they knew it not, 'twas a solemn parting; For the ship, she never returned. Refrain
3.  Said a feeble lad to his anxious mother, "I must cross the wide, wide sea,
For they say, perchance in a foreign climate, There is health and strength for me." Refrain
4. 'Twas a gleam of hope in a maze of danger; Her poor heart for her youngest yearned,
But she sent him forth with a smile and bless] ng On the ship that never returned. Refrain
5. "Only one more trip," said a gallant captain, As he kissed his weeping wife,
"Only one more bag of this golden treasure And will last us all through life. Refrain
6. "Then we'll settle down in our little cottage And enjoy the rest we've earned;"
But alas! poor man, he became commander Of the ship that never returned. Refrain
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III