|1: It's of a sea captain,
Come o'er the salt sea billow;
And he has courted a fair maid,
By the banks of green willow;
And he has courted this fair maid,
Till she was with child O.
2: Crying, "Oh me love what shall I do,
What will become of me;
For me father an me mother
They both will disown me?"
3: "Well, get to me your father's gold,
And some of your mother's money;
And you can go sailing over the ocean,
Along with your Johnny."
4: So she's got her father's gold,
And some of her mother's money;
And they have put foot on board of shipping,
Both her and her Johnny.
5:Now they'd not been a-sailing,
Not six weeks nor so many;
Before the sails though being outspread,
Miles they'd made not any.
6:They'd not been kept there,
Not six hours nor so many;
Before she was wanting women's help,
And could not get any.
7: "Well, it's hold your tongue you foolish girl,
Oh, hold your tongue my Annie;
You cannot get no women's help,
Neither for love nor for money.
8: And then a great storm it came upon them,
Miles they've made not any;
And she was delivered,
Of a beautiful baby.
9: But the seas they rose above them,
And the winds roared like thunder;
But still the sails would not fill,
And it's caused them to wonder.
10: "For there's fey folk on me gallant ship,"
The captain, he cries, so boldly;
"Or there is craft work on me gallant ship,
She will not sail for me."
|11: And he's cast those black bullets,
Cast them twice six and forty;
And all those black bullets,
Fell on his dear Annie.
12: "Oh captain, dearest captain,
Here is fifty pound for thee;
If you would convoy me back home again,
Both me and my baby."
13: "Oh no," replies the captain,
"See the storm, it is agin me;
And it would be better to lose two lives,
Than it would to lose so many."
14: So he's tied a kerchief round her head,
Tied it soft and easy;
And he has thrown her right overboard,
Both her and her baby.
15: See how my love she do swim me boys,
See how my love don't taver;
See how me love do swim me boys,
Don't it make my heart quaver;
For she might never cease her swimming;
Till the banks of green willow.
16: But then the storm it did abate,
And the tide began a-flowing;
And the sails they did fill at last,
With a landward breeze blowing.
17: So they have steered for the land,
And at length reached the shore O;
But the corpse of fair Annie,
Had got there before O.
18: "Let the bells be rung so mournful,
As well befits a lady;
And 'tis here she shall be buried,
Both her and her baby."
19: "And I will buy my love a coffin,
Of the gold that shines so yellow;
And it's here she shall be buried,
On the banks of green willow."