The Bob Zentz Songbook



The Blue Peter

From Closehauled on the Wind of a Dream

Adapted from the poetry of C. Fox Smith (1882-1954)

Music traditional;  additional lyrics © 2003, 2007 Bob Zentz



1.  Last night when I left her, my true love was weeping  (Am-G)

For sorrow at parting, but parting must be  (Am-F-Em)

What use for her tears, what use to be keeping  (F-C-G-Em)

A lad by the fireside that follows the sea?  (Am-G-Am-G-Em-Am)

2.  For the cold day's a-breaking, the town hardly waking

The moon like a ghost in the pale morning sky

And Blue Peterís blowing to tell ye we're going

And the gulls in the river are calling good-bye!

     Farewell and adieu to ye, still we'll be true to ye

     Still we'll remember, wherever we be

     Hope we'll be meeting ye, hope ye'll be greeting

     Some day your sailor come home from the sea!

3.  The last hawser's cast and the tug-whistle's blowing

The shore growing dim in the mist and the rain

And wide, very wide, is the world where we're going

And long, very long, till we see you again!  (chorus)

4.  All in the cold morning, all in the grey weather

On the sheds and the shipping, the rain slating down

All hands to the capstan bars, roaring together

A stave for farewell to the folk of the town  (chorus)


5.  Hong Kong and Vancouver, Callao and Suva

The Cape and Kowloon, it's a very long cry

From the slow river creeping by houses all sleeping

And the gulls in the wake of us, calling good-bye!  (chorus)


(repeat first verse and chorus)



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