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Female Rambling Sailor Come all you maids, both near and far And listen to my ditty 'Twas near Gravesend there lived a maid She was both neat and pretty. Her true love he was pressed away And drowned in some foreign sea Which caused this fair maid for to say 'I'll be a rambling sailor.' With jacket blue and trousers white Just like a sailor neat and tight The sea it was the heart's delight Of the female rambling sailor. From stem to stern she freely goes She braves all dangers, fears no foes But soon you shall hear of the overthrow Of the female rambling sailor Though never did her courage fail 'Twas stormy seas and winter gale O'er this fair maiden did prevail This female rambling sailor. From stem to stern she freely went Where oft-times she'd been many Her hand did slip and down she fell She calmly bade this world farewell. When her lily-white breast in sight it came It appeared to be a female's frame Rebecca Young it was the name Of the female rambling sailor. May the willows wave around her grave And round the laurels planted May the roses sweet grow at her feet Of one who was undaunted. So, come all you maids, both near and far And listen to my story Her body is anchored in the ground Let's hope her soul's in glory. On the river Thames she's known real well No sailor there could her excel One tear let fall as a last farewell To the female rambling sailor. Recorded by Ian Robb, Rose and Crown SF Apr98
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