Songs of the Sea

The Good Ship Kangaroo

Pierce Campbell


A great song first heard done by Planxty, Ireland's first super group of traditional music.


Once I was a waitin' man that lived at home at ease Now I am a mariner who ploughs the angry seas I always loved sea farin' life, I bid my love adieu I shipped as steward and cook me boys, aboard the Kangaroo Chorus Oh I never thought she would prove false or even prove untrue As we sailed away from Milford Bay aboard the Kangaroo Think of me oh think of me she mornfully did sa When you are in a foreign land and I am far away Take this lucky trupenny bit, it'll make you bare in mind That lovin trustin' faithful heart you left in tears behind Cheer up cheer up my own true love, don't weep so bitterly She sobbed, she sighed, she choked, she cried and could not say goodbye I won't be gone for very long, 'tis but a month or two When I will return again of course I'll visit you Our ship it was homeward bound from many a foreign shore And many's the foreign presents unto me love I bore I brought tortoises from Tenerife and toys from Timbuktu A China rat, a Bengal cat and a Bombay cockatoo Paid off I sought her dwelling on a street above the town Where an ancient dame upon the line was hanging out her gown Where is me love, she's vanished sir about six months ago With a smart young man that drives the van for Chapman sons and Co Here's a health to dreams of married life, to soap suds and blue Here's true love and patent starch and washin' soda too I'll go unto some foreign shore, no longer can I stay And with some China Hottentot, I'll throw meself away My love she is no foolish girl her age it is two score Me love she is no spinster she's been married twice before I cannot say it was her wealth that stole me heart away She's a washer in a laundry for one and nine a day