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Sailor's Farewell

Johnny Collins
With additional lyrics by Richard Ridley

It’s time to go now
Haul away your anchor
Haul away your anchor
‘Tis our sailing time

Get some sail upon her
Haul away your halyards
Haul away your halyards
‘Tis our sailing time

It’s time to go now
Haul away your anchor
Haul away your anchor
‘Tis our sailing time

Get her on her course now
Haul away your foresheets
Haul away your foresheets
‘Tis our sailing time

Waves are breaking under
Haul away down-channel
Haul away down-channel
On the evening tide

It’s time to go now
Haul away your anchor
Haul away your anchor
‘Tis our sailing time

When my time is over
Fly half mast the ensign
Fly half mast the ensign
As the sun goes down

“When my time is over, Fly half mast the ensign, Fly half mast the ensign, As the sun goes down”. Richard rewrote the last verse to remove the religious element. Farewell me hearties.

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