THE WRECK OFF LONDON BRIDGE
 
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'Twas about two thousand years ago, on a fine but rainy day
A smart young chap, named William Jones, was bound for Australia
So he went aboard of a penny steam-boat to cross the ocean main
And he bid adieu to Temple Bar, likewise to his Susan Jane.

Chorus: (Singing) Fare-ye-well, my Susan dear,
I may never see you more
Oh, my heart's in a commotion,
I'm a going across the ocean
Where the winds and waters roar.


The gallant captain rushed on deck, with frenzy in one eye
Cried he, 'Stand by the maIn jiob-boom, my bold brave crew, stand by.'
The noble crew stood by some time, 'twas useless, it was vain
The storm raged wild, poor William dropped a tear to Susan Jane.

Chorus: (Sobbing) Fare-ye-well, my Susan dear,
I may never see you more
Oh, my heart's in a commotion,
I'm a going across the ocean
Where the winds and waters roar.


Will rushed below unto his trunk, and opened wide the lid
The kissed his Susan's portrait twice (he kissed it twice he did)
The captain hailed a passing barge for assistance, all in vain
For the ship went down with the crew and Will, who loved fair Susan Jane

Chorus: (Gurgling) Fare-ye-well, my Susan dear,
I may never see you more
Oh, my heart's in a commotion,
I'm a going across the ocean
Where the winds and waters roar.


When the news was broke to Susan, how her William had been drowned
She broke out all over in fainting fits, her anguish knew no bound
Said she, 'With sorrow I'll go mad, or else I'll go insane
For I did so love my William, and he loved his Susan Jane.

Chorus: (And on parting he said,) 'Fare-ye-well, my Susan dear,
I may never see you more
Oh, my heart's in a commotion,
I'm a going across the ocean
Where the winds and waters roar.


One night as Susan sat in grief for the loss of her Will Jones
There came a knock at the front door bell,
Cried she, 'Them voice, that tones'
It was her Will, he was not dead, but had come back again
And he violently threw his arms around the neck of Susan Jane.

Chorus: (Singing) I'll no more say farewell Susan dear,
For I'll never leave you more
Oh, my heart's in a commotion,
To the dickens with the ocean
And the winds and waters that roar.
 
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Performed by Charles Godfrey (1851-1900)
 
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