American Old Time Song Lyrics: 40 I'll Wait For Jack

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 40

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Copyright, 1893, by Hamilton S. Gordon.
Words by Thomas Ford. Music by Richard H. Barker.

I kissed him good-by, with a tear and a sigh, beside the billows blue:
The sails were spread, "Farewell!" he said, "my heart will still be true."
Across the bay he sped away, my heart grew sad and lone.
And yet I know, though storms may blow, his love is all my own.
Though others may woo, and may vow to be true, I know he'll soon come back:
Where'er he be, on land or sea, I'll wait for Jack!

They tell me his bark, in the tempest and dark, went down a year ago
I'll not believe, for men deceive, and this is why I know:
A letter came that bore my name, 'twas from my sailor lad;
"Cheer up," it said, "we'll soon be wed!" these words I read so clad!
So lovers may woo, and may swear to be true, one heart I ne'er shall lack!
Though days go by, yet what care I? I'll wait for Jack!

I watch by the sea, where he parted from me,-I know he'll soon be here;
What though they say he's for away! my love still makes him near;
No more he'll roam the ocean foam, no more we'll say farewell!
A little cot shall be our lot, and joy no words can tell!
Then lovers may woo, and may vow to be true, my sailor's coming back;
While winds may blow and seas may flow, I'll wait for Jack!
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