RIO GRANDE

Oh a ship went a-sailing out over the bar
Away Rio!
We pointed her bow to the Southern star
And we're bound for the Rio Grande.

Chorus:
And away Rio away Rio!
It's fare you well all you pretty young girls,
And we're bound for the Rio Grande.

It's farewell to Sally and farewell to Sue
Away Rio!
And you on the pierhead it's farewell to you
And we're bound for the Rio Grande.

It's fare you well, all you ladies of town
Away Rio!
We've left you enough to buy a silk gown
And we're bound for the Rio Grande.

We'll sell our salt cod for molasses and rum
Away Rio!
And be back again for Thankgivings has come
And we're bound for the Rio Grande.

The chain's up and down now the Bosun did say
Away Rio!
It's up to the hawsepipe and then we're away
And we're bound for the Rio Grande.

(Traditional sea shanty.)

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Eli Dale
Portland, Maine