The Leaving Of Liverpool lyrics

by The High Kings

Fare thee well to Prince's Landing Stage
River Mersey, fare thee well
I am bound for California
It's a place that I know right well

So fare thee well, my own true love
And when I return united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

I have signed on a Yankee clipper ship
Davy Crockett is her name
And Burgess is the captain of her
And they say that she's a floating shame

So fare thee well, my own true love
And when I return united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

I have sailed with Burgess once before
He's a man that I know right well
If a man is a sailor, he can get along
And if not, then he is sure in Hell

So fare thee well, my own true love
And when I return united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

Oh the sun is on the harbour, love
And I wish I could remain
For I know it will be a long, long time
Before I see you again

So fare thee well, my own true love
And when I return united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

So fare thee well, my own true love
And when I return united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

Song Details

Composer & Lyricist: Traditional... more

Brief: The song's narrator laments his long sailing trip to California and the thought of leaving his loved ones - especially his 'own true love', and pledges to return to her one day.

References:
Princes Landing Stage - where the ships berthed on the River Mersey, Liverpool, England.
Clipper Ship - very fast sailing ship - yacht like vessels, with three masts and a square rig.

Category: Irish Folk Song

Covers: The Corries, The Dubliners, Ewan MacColl, Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Pogues, Tommy Fleming, Gaelic Storm, Young Dubliners, Billy Brown...

Album: Leaving Of Liverpool by The High Kings from the album Memory Lane (May 13, 2011)

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