A Sailor's Life

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Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and later electric folk band, formed in 1967 who are still recording and touring today. They are widely regarded as the most important single group in the English folk rock movement. Their seminal album Liege & Lief is generally considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers. Since 1979 they have hosted the Cropred… more »


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2002
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 A sailor's life, it is a merry life.
 He robs young girls of their hearts' delight,
 Leaving them behind to weep and mourn,
 They never know when they will return.
 
 Well, there's four and twenty all in a row
 My true love he makes the finest show.
 He's proper tall, genteel and all,
 And if I don't have him, I'll have none at all.
 
 Oh father, build for me a bonny boat,
 That on the wide ocean I may float
 And every Queen's ship that we pass by,
 There I'll enquire for my sailor boy
 
 They had not sailed long on the deep
 When a Queen's ship they chanced to meet.
 "You sailors all, pray tell me true,
 Does my sweet William sail among your crew?"
 
 "Oh no, fair maiden, he is not here
 For he's been drownded we greatly fear
 On yon green island as we passed it by,
 There we lost sight of your sailor boy."
 
 Well, she wrung her hands and she tore her hair.
 She was like a young girl in great despair.
 And her little boat against a rock did run.
 "How can I live now my sweet William is gone?"

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Written by: TRADITIONAL, ASHLEY HUTCHINGS, DAVID MATTACKS, EDDIE UPTON, GRAEME TAYLOR, JOHN RODD, JOHN SOTHCOTT, JOHN TAMS, MICHAEL GREGORY, PHIL PICKETT, SHIRLEY COLLINS, SIMON JOHN NICOL

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