Traditional Sea Shanties & Sea Songs
Time to Leave Her

A Collection of lyrics for traditional Sea Shanties & Songs of the Sea.

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Time to Leave Her

Capstan Shanty, or with change in cadence, as a pumping shanty
O, the work was hard and the wages low,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
We'll pack our bags and go below,
It's time for us to leave her!

2. The work was hard, the voyage was long,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
The seas were high, the gales were strong.
It's time for us to leave her!

3. The food was bad and the ship was slow,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
But now ashore again we'll go.
It's time for us to leave her!

4. It was growl you my but go you must,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
It mattered not whether you're last or first.
It's time for us to leave her!

5. I thought I heard the old man say,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
"Just one more pull and then belay."
It's time for us to leave her!

6. The sails are furled, our work is done,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
And now on shore we'll have our fun.
It's time for us to leave her!