As I was walking up London street,
I found a letter betwixt by feet,
And down to the bottom these lines were wrote,
"A single sailor is soon forgot."
I went into my love's father's hall
And boldly for my true love did call
And her father asked me what I did mean,
'Twas so long time she's a-married been.
I've neither gold nor I've neither crown
But I'll sail the ocean all round and round,
I'll sail the ocean until I die.
I don't care where my poor body lie.
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Source: A Dorset Book of Folk Songs, EFDSS, 1958
Collected from J Baker, Bere Regis, by the Hammonds between 1905 and 1908.
Roud: 152 (Search Roud index at VWML) Take Six