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The Bonnet of Blue A ship's crew of sailors from London did steer On a voyage to the West Indies they were bound There is one lad among them that I wish I never knew He is my bonny sailor lad with his jacket so blue so blue. Very early one morning as I arose from my bed I called for my Betsy my chief serving maid Saying come now and dress me nice as your two hands can do And I'll run away with my sailor lad with his jacket so blue Now as I walked down all by the sea side My love like the lightning away she did glide And I for my true love oh what could I do And away went my heart with her bonnet so blue She says honored sailor I will be your discharge I'll free you from a man-of-war and set you at large And if you'll prove constant and always prove true You'll never set a stain on my bonnet so blue But I have a fair girl in my own country And I never could forsake her for her poverty For she always proved constant and always proved true I would never set a stain on her bonnet so blue From Songs the Whalemen Sang, Huntington Collected from the Journal of Catalpa, 1856 RG
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