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The Jamestown Homeward Bound The farmer's heart with joy is filled When his crops are good and sound; But who can feel the wild delight Of the sailor homeward bound? For three long years have passed away Since we left freedom's shore, Our long-felt wish has come at last And we're homeward bound once more. cho: To where the sky's as clear as the maiden's eye Who longs for our return, To the land where milk and honey flows And liberty it was born. So fill our sails with the favoring gales, And with shipmates all around We'll give three cheers for our starry flag And the "Jamestown" homeward bound. To the Mediterranean shores we've been And its beauties we have seen; And Sicily's grand and lofty hills and Italy's gardens green. We've gazed on Mount Vesuvius With its rugged slumbering dome, Night is the time in that red clime When the sailor thinks of home. cho: We've strayed round Pompeii's ruined walls And on them carved our names. And thought of ancient beauties past And vanished lordly dames. And gazed on tombs of mighty kings Who oft in battle won, But what were they all in their sway With our brave Washington? cho: And now we have arrived in port And stripping's our last job, And friendly faces look around In search of Bill or Bob. They see that we are safe at last From the perils of the sea; Saying, "You're welcome, Columbia's mariners To your homes and liberty." NOTE: The Jamestown was a sloop-of-war, built in 1844. From Colcord-Songs of American Sailormen. Recorded (cassette) by John Townley, also by Warner and Davis on Wilder Joy RG
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