A Long Time Ago

A long, long time, and a long time ago
Ch: To me way, hay, oh-hi-o;
A long, long time, and a long time ago,
Ch: A long time ago.

A smart Yankee packet lay out in the bay,
A waiting for a fair wind to get under way.

With all her poor sailors all sick and all sore
For they'd drunk all their lime-juice and could get no more.

With all her poor sailors all sick and all sad
For they'd drunk all their lime-juice and no more could be had.

She was waiting for a fair wind to get under way,
She was waiting for a fair wind to get under way.

If she hasn't had a fair wind she's lying there still,
If she hasn't had a fair wind she's lying there still.

From A Sailor's Garland by John Masefield (1906)

Around Cape Horn we've got to go,
Around Cape Horn to Call-eao

'Round Cape Horn where the stiff winds blow,
'Round Cape Horn where there's sleet and snow.

I wish to God I'd never been born
To drag my carcass around Cape Horn.

Around Cape Horn
From An American Sailor's Treasury by Frank Shay (1991)