American Old Time Song Lyrics: 32 The Lightships Straight Ahead
Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 32
The Lightship's Straight Ahead.
Copyright, 1890, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Far out at sea the lightship rocks the waters, day by day;
The sailor lad, returning home, it safely guides the way.
It cares not how the sea may rave or how the wind may blow;
The darkest night becomes as day beneath the lamp's bright glow.
And as he reaches port that night, from far-off distant lands,
Cries out with joy to those below, as in the mast he stands:
"The lightship's straight ahead! the lightship's straight ahead!
The lightship! the lightship! the lightship's straight ahead."
What joy, what bliss to see that light, to know we're home at last;
To know that dangers that have been are memories of the past;
To see our loved ones once again, then, standing on the quay;
To hear the welcome: "Jack is home from far across the sea! "
To hear the welcome: "Jack is home from far across the sea."
'Take to the boats," the captain cries, "lost is our gallant bark;"
The sea is running mountains high, and all around is dark.
We pray to God to guide our way, we know not where we are-
If many miles away from shore or near the harbor bar.
Despair is marked on every face as silently we row;
When lo! I behold! there in the North, we see a lamp's bright glow-
The lightship's straight ahead! the lightship's straight ahead!
The lightship! the lightship! the lightship's straight ahead.-Refrain.