American Old Time Song Lyrics: 39 All For The Sake Of Jack

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 39

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ALL FOR THE SAKE OF JACK.
Copyright, 1891, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words and Music by Chas. Graham.

From the light-house rocks on a rugged shore,
The keeper's daughter at break of day
Stood watching a ship o'er the harbor bar.
That was bearing her sailor love away;
Her heart went out to her hero there,
The pride of a gallant crew;
And she wished in her young and fearless heart
She could share the danger, too.
All for the sake of Jack,
All for the lads at sea;
She watched the light of the ships at night
That came in sight on the lea.
All for the sake of Jack,
At the mercy of wind and wave;
Like a true sailor's wife, she would give her life
The life of a tar to save.

She had passed her life on the sea and shore,
She had no fears of a stormy sea.
For Jack had taught her to pull an oar.
And she was as good a sailor as he;
She steered her boat o'er the dangerous reefs,
At the point where the light-house stood.
She would help her father trim the lamps.
And the lights were clear and good.
All for the sake of Jack,
All for the lads at sea:
She watched the light of the ships at night
That came in sight on the lea.
All for the sake of Jack,
At the mercy of wind and wave;
Like a true sailor's wife, she would give her life
The life of a tar to save.

One dark-dread night, at the midnight hour.
When the Storm King reigned over sea and sky,
Jack's ship, near home, on the rocks was cast,
And he and his shipmates were left to die.
A brave, true lass in the light-house boat,
A life-line bore them thro' wind and wave,
And saved at last was the gallant crew,
But the lass was lost in an ocean grave.
All for the sake of Jack,
All for the lads at sea;
She watched the light of the ships at night
That came I'll sight on the lea.
All for the sake of Jack,
At the mercy of wind and wave:
Like a true sailor's wife, she had given her life
Her Jack and his crew to save.
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