#01603
Anchors Aweigh, Love (Kenneth Peacock)
See also: As I Roved Out (Greenleaf/Mansfield)

As I rovèd out on one fine summer's evening
To view the fields and to take the air,
There I met a dear old father
Talking to his daughter fair.

Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
To the seas I am bound to go,
Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
Goodbye, Polly, to the seas I'm going.

"Oh, daughter, dearest daughter,
oh, why don't you marry?
Why do you tarry a single life?"
"Father, dear father, I would rather tarry
Until I become a sailor's wife."

Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
To the seas I am bound to go,
Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
Goodbye, Polly, to the seas I'm going.

"Father, would you have me to wed with a farmer
And rob me of my heart's delight?
Oh, bring to me the sailor with his tarry, tarry trousers
Who shines to me like diamonds bright."

Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
To the seas I am bound to go,
Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
Goodbye, Polly, to the seas I'm going.

Polly is the wife of a fine jolly sailor,
You see how neat and clean she does go,
See how neat and clean he keeps her
Dressed in silk from top to toe.

Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
To the seas I am bound to go,
Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
Goodbye, Polly, to the seas I'm going.

Polly threw her arms 'round her true lover's shoulders,
Saying, "To the seas no more don't go,
Stay at home with me, dearest Willie,
Stay at home and do not roam."

Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
To the seas I am bound to go,
Anchors aweigh, love, and colors are flying,
Goodbye, Polly, to the seas I'm going.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional American ballad ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.495-496, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was published with the title As I Roved Out in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968).

A variant was also collected by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and Doreen H Senior and published as Tarry Trousers in Traditional Songs From Nova Scotia, pp.212-214, (Ryerson, 1950).

The earliest known variant of this song was found in the 1848 journal of the whaling vessel Nauticon out of Nantucket, Massachusetts, by the captain's wife, Susan Veeder, archived at the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne (How Good Is Me Life ©2007 SingSong Inc, St John's, NL).


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