You gentlemen of England who stay at home at ease
How little do you think of the Dangers of the Seas
Give ear unto bold Mariners and they will plainly Sho
All the fears and the cares we poor Seamen undergo.
If you intend to be Seamen you must have a valiant heart
And when you’re on the raging Sea you must think to start
Neither be faint hearted at hail, rain, frost or snow
Or to think for to sink whilst the stormy winds do blow.
And when we meet our Enemies as often times we do
We’ll either drive them off our Coast or else we’ll bring them too
Our roaring guns shall teach them our valor for to show
For we’ll real on her keel whilst the stormy winds do blow.
Sometimes in absent Bosom our ship is toss’d with waves
Expecting every moment the Seas would prove our graves
It’s up aloft she mounts Boys then down again so low
Then we ride as the tide whilst the stormy winds do blow.
When to Boston we return our wages for our pains
The tapster and the miller shall share in all our gains
We’ll call for Licker round boys we’ll pay before we go
For we’ll roar on the shore whilst the stormy winds do blow.