Traditional Sea Shanties & Sea Songs
Bye-bye, my Roseanna

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Bye-bye, my Roseanna

Left is the Forebitters version; right is the text used at the International Shantyfestival Workum
The boats are sailing around the bend,
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
All loaded down with fishermen
I won't be home tomorrow.

Refrain:
Bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye,
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
Bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye,
I won't be home tomorrow.

2. A dollar a day's a sailors pay
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
Itīs easy come, easy slip away
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain:

3. Oh Roseann, sweet Roseann
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
I'm going away, but not to stay
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain:

4. We're sailing North, across the bay
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
We won't be back for many a day
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain: (x2)

Oh Roseann, my Roseann
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
Oh Roseann, sweet Roseann
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain:
Bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye,
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
Bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye,
I won't be home tomorrow.

2. The ships are sailing around the bend,
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
All loaded down with fishermen
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain:

3. A dollar a day's a fishermans pay
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
It's easy come, easy go away
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain:

4. We're bound away, across the bay
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
We're bound away at the break of day
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain:

5. Oh Roseann, sweet Roseann
Bye-bye, my Roseanna.
Oh Roseann, sweet Roseann
I won't be home tomorrow.
Refrain: (x2)