SAILING Performed by George Formby Sr.

Yo ho, me lads, the wine blows free,
My father often said to me,
'Sailing on a ship's alright,
But if it starts a-rocking in the night.'

Chorus: Sailin', sailin' over the ocean blue,
There's many a man who's lost his breakfast,
And his dinner, too.
Sailing, sailin' over the boundin' crest
I once lost my wife but she
Was there when I came back.

Yo-ho, me lads, I've said that before,
Yo-ho, me lads, I can say it once more.
They can all heave ho, tally-man an' tally-ho
But they couldn't kid your 'umble ere to war.

Chorus: Sailin', sailin' over the raging' main,
There's many a man not 'ad a wash,
Until it starts to rain.
Sailin', sailin' you can see some sights out there,
But you can't see half as much as me,
When I'm in Leicester Square.

Yo-ho, my lads, I'm last at school
Yo-ho, me mate,
If you can't say, what you owe me lads,

You do the same as other folks an' go.

Chorus: Sailin', sailin' over the sea of woe,
You leave a note for them behind,
And simply say 'Yo ho!'.
Sailin', sailin over the boundin' trek,
And it's ten to one, if the ship, it sinks,
They'll not expect you back!

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