American Old Time Song Lyrics: 54 The Girl Who Waits Ashore

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Copyright, 1894, by Central Publishing Co.
Words and Music by Roland Burke Hennessy,

I'm the mate of the good ship Rolling Tom,
And a right good ship is she.
On her deck have I sailed the ocean from
The Horn to the Northern Sea;
And the staunch old craft has carried me thro'
The windiest sort of gale,
Her men are the bravest, merriest crew
That ever furl'd a sail.
A sailor's love is his only wealth,
He's content with nothing more;
Then come, my lads, let as drink the health
Of the girl who wails ashore.

I left her standing on the quay, her eyes were filled with tears,
Their tender love-light I could see, their sadness and their fears,
I said, "Sweetheart, soon I'll return, and then we'll part no morel "
Through lonely days for her I yearn, the girl who waits ashore.

You remember, lads, that awful night
When the seas ran mountains high;
Old Tom was toss'd by the Storm King's might,
And we all prepared to die.
As the ship flew on, we knew not where,
In the gloom I saw a light;
And the face I loved, wreath'd In golden hair,
Seem'd to make our pathway bright;
And we made our port at the next sun-rise,
As we'd done so oft before,
But that light, my boys, was the watching eyes
Of the girl who waits ashore.- Chorus.

O'er the seas I've sail'd for many a day,
I'm not of the crying sort;
But my eyes were dim as I sailed away
From the ones I left in port;
For a sailor's life is a storm of sighs,
To be merry he must feign.
He laughs and he jests, while he vainly tries
To hide all his poor heart's pain;
But come, my lads, throw away all cart,
For we're bound for home once more,
And I soon shall see the face so fair
Of the girl who waits ashore.- Chorus.
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