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I've seen skiers from England get tears in their eyes on the quiet Leaving of Liverpool, particularly with Henry's plaintive fiddle ornamentation throughout the song. This is an opportunity for Brian and Brendan to sing harmonies, and it's always been on of my favorites. Liverpool was the main deep water port from which the big ships sailed to America, regardless as to whether you were an Irish or British seaman.
The Leaving of Liverpool
Farewell to you my own true love,
I am going far away;
I am bound for Californ-ay-aye,
But I know that I'll return some day.
So, Fare-thee-well my own true love
And when I return united we will be.
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me,
But my darlin' when I think of thee.
I have signed on a Yankee sailing ship
Davy Crockett is her name
And Burgess is her captain
And they say that she's a floating shame
Oh, I have sailed with Burgess once before
And I think I know him right well
If a man is a sailor he can get along
But if not, then he's surely in hell.
Oh the sun is on the harbor, love
And I wish I could remain
For I know it will be some long time
Before I see you again.