Colcord (Roll and Go) gives only the first verse of this and other "negro
shanties" which seem to have originated in stowing cotton, but proved
useful aboard ships as well.
The name Liza Lee is frequently used in versions of Clear the Track.
Liza Lee, she promised meCh: Yankee John, Stom-a-longShe promised for to marry meCh: Yankee John, Storm-a-long
When I sailed across the seaLiza said she'd be true to me.
I promised her a golden ringShe promised me that little thing.
Oh Liza Lee, she slighted me,Now she will not marry me.
Up aloft this yard must go,Mister mate, he told us so.
I thought I heard the skipper say,One more pull and then belay.