midi file, text, and information  courtesy of Leslie Nelson-Burns at http://www.contemplator.com/sea/index.html

Our anchor we'll weigh,
And our sails we will set.
Goodbye, fare-ye-well,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well.
The friends we are leaving,
We leave with regret,
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound.

We're homeward bound,
Oh joyful sound!
Goodbye, fare-ye-well,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well.
Come rally the capstan,
And run quick around.
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound.

We're homeward bound
We'd have you know
Goodbye, fare-ye-well,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well.
And over the water
To England must go,
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound.

Heave with a will,
And heave long and strong,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well.
Sing a good chorus
For 'tis a good song.
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound.

Hurrah! that good run
Brought the anchor a-weigh,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well.
She's up to the hawse,
Sing before we belay.
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound.

'We're homeward bound,'
You've heard us say,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well,
Goodbye, fare-ye-well.
Hook on the cat fall then,
And rut her away.
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound.

This shanty was one of the most popular homeward-bound shanties. It was sung at the windlass or at the capstan. There are numerous versions of the shanty. It is also known as Goodbye, Fare-ye-well or Goodbye and Farewell.

Related Links
The Contemplator's Microencyclopedia: Sea Shanties
Life at sea in the age of sail
Extracts from the Naval Chronicle
Exactly that - fascinating reading about life at sea from Maritime History which has links to many firsthand accounts of life at sea. Great stuff!

From Fifty Sailor's Songs or Chanties and
*Shanties from the Seven Seas
See Bibliography for full information.

 

 


 

 

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