NANCY LEE
 
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Of all the wives as e'er you know
Yeo ho! lads! ho! Yeo ho, yeo ho
There's none like Nancy Lee I trow
Yeo ho! lads! ho! Yeo ho
See there she stands 'an waves her hands, upon the quay
An' every day when I'm away she'll watch for me
An' whisper low, when tempests blow, for Jack at sea.

Chorus: Yeo ho! lads! ho! Yeo ho
The sailor's wife the sailor's star shall be
Yeo ho! we go across the sea
The sailor's wife the sailor's star shall be
The sailor's wife his star shall be.


The harbour's past, the breezes blow
Yeo ho! lads! ho! Yeo ho, yeo ho
'Tis long ere we come back, I know
Yeo ho! lads! ho! Yeo ho
But true an' bright, from morn till night, my home will be
An' all so neat, an' snug an' sweet, for Jack at sea
An' Nancy's face to bless the place, an' welcome me.

Chorus:

The bo's'n pipes the watch below
Yeo ho! lads! ho! Yeo ho, yeo ho
Then here's a health afore we go
Yeo ho! lads! ho! Yeo ho
A long, long life to my sweet wife, an' mates at sea
An' keep our bones from Davy Jones, where'er we be
An' may you meet a mate as sweet as Nancy Lee.

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Written and composed by Frederick E. Weatherly & Stephen Adams - 1876
Performed by John McCormack (1884-1945)
Performed by Michael Maybrick (1844-1913)
 
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