GOOD-BYE POLLY
 
George Leybourne
 

I loved a girl named Polly, I thought that she loved me,
So joined a ship to take a trip, across the briny sea.
And when the morning had arrived for me to sail away,
I gave the lass a parting kiss and then to her did say,

Chorus: Good-bye Polly I must leave you,
Let us hope the parting will not grieve you.
The ship it sails today, some thousand miles away,
So think of me when I am on the sea.

She vowed that she'd be true to me while I was away,
And thinking what she said was right, I left her my half-pay;
Then with a sigh, bid her good-bye and as they heaved the lead,
I left her standing on the shore, then jumped on board and said,

Chorus:

I saw her in my dreams at night, I thought of her all day,
But did not think that she was false to me, when far away.
For I must oiwn when I alone, was lying on my bed,
I often woke up in a fright and these words have said,

Chorus:

Some years had passed when I returned, with lots of gold in store,
And just you fancy my surprise, when I knocked at the door.
They told me Poll was married, she had been false to me,
So now, no more I'll stay on shore, I'm off again to sea.

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by John Read - 1885
Performed by George Leybourne (1842-1884)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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