Nancy Lee

1. Of all the wives as e’er you know,
Yeo ho! lads, ho! Yeo ho! Yeo ho!
There’s none like Nancy Lee, I trow,
Yeo ho! Yeo ho! Yeo ho!
See there she stands and waves her hands
Upon the quay, and every day
When I’m away she’ll watch for me,
And whisper low when tempests blow,
For Jack at sea,
Yeo ho! lads, ho! Yeo ho!
The sailor’s wife the sailor’s star shall be,
Yeo ho! We go across the sea;
The sailor’s wife the sailor’s star shall be,
The sailor’s wife his star shall be!

2. The harbor’s past, the breezes blow,
Yeo ho! lads, ho! Yeo ho! Yeo ho!
‚Tis long ere we come back, I know,
Yeo ho! Yeo ho! Yeo ho!
But true and bright from morn till night
My home will be, and all so neat,
And snug and sweet, for Jack at sea;
And Nancy’s face to bless the place,
And welcome me;
Yeo ho! lads, ho! Yeo ho!
The sailor’s wife the sailor’s star shall be,
Yeo ho! We go across the sea;
The sailor’s wife the sailor’s star shall be,
The sailor’s wife his star shall be!

3. The bosun pipes the watch below,
Yeo ho! lads, ho! Yeo ho! Yeo ho!
Then here’s a health afore we go,
Yeo ho! Yeo ho! Yeo ho!
A long, long life to my sweet wife,
And mates at sea, and keep our bones
From Davy Jones, where-e’er we be,
And may you meet a mate as sweet
As Nancy Lee.
Yeo ho! lads, ho! Yeo ho!
The sailor’s wife the sailor’s star shall be,
Yeo ho! We go across the sea;
The sailor’s wife the sailor’s star shall be,
The sailor’s wife his star shall be!