Homeward Bound

a.,k.a. Good-Bye, Fare You Well


The homeward-bound shanty "Good-bye, Fare You Well" was sung at the capstan. Stan Hugill calls it "the most popular homeward-bound shanty of them all."

Lyrics from Iron Men & Wooden Ships, by Frank Shay

Oh, fare you well, I wish you well!
Good-bye, fare you well; good-bye, fare you well!
Oh, fare you well, my bonny young lassies,
Hurray, my boys, we're homeward bound!

Oh, don't you hear our old man say
Good-bye, fare you well; good-bye, fare you well!
We're homeward bound this very day?
Hurray, my boys, we're homeward bound!

We're homeward bound, and I hear the sound,
Good-bye, fare you well; good-bye, fare you well!
So heave the capstan and make it spin round.
Hurray, my boys, we're homeward bound!

Our anchor's aweigh and our sails they are set,
Good-bye, fare you well; good-bye, fare you well!
And the gels we are leaving we leave with regret.
Hurray, my boys, we're homeward bound!

She's a flash clipper packet and bound for to go;
Good-bye, fare you well; good-bye, fare you well!
With the gels on the tow-rope she cannot say no.
Hurray, my boys, we're homeward bound!


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