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The Light Of The Western Stars
(Buddy Wasisname)

Attention all true lovers
Come listen to my song,
Although you may be bound for sea
For I won't delay you long;
Give me one more drink of whiskey
To treat those sailor tars,
And soon I will be sailing in
The light of the western stars.

Those sailor tars being bound for the north
Where the stormy winds do blow.
Although they were lighthearted
Not knowing where they go;
They don't know but they're riding
All in those handsome cars,
As when they hoist their canvas by
The light of the western stars.

Then a Newfoundland boy spoke up and said,
"There's a girl now I must leave
To go and seek my fortunes;
If it is God's holy will,
I'll drink a health unto her while I sail on
By the light of the western stars."

Now as we steered along our course
All for some distant land,
Those western stars they guided us
To America so grand;
But when I receive my fortunes
Back home again so far,
To seek that girl and marry her
By the light of the western stars.

But when I arrived back home again
They told me she was dead,
Those words she said while parting
They still sound in my head;
When you are sailing on some ship
And underneath her spars,
I will pray till your return again
By the light of the western stars.

And since my love is dead and gone
I can no longer stay,
St John's it seems so dismal
To me this very day;
No other in this world for me
Since she do sleep so far,
But I'll think of her when I sail on
By the light of the western stars.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional Newfoundland ballad. Arranged by Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####

Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (Salt Beef Junkie, trk#5, 1995, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL).

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