Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Traditional - Lyrics from Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman, by William Doerfinger


"We're homeward bound!" I've heard them say;
Good by, fare you well, good bye, fare you well!
We're homeward bound to Mobile Bay.
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!

When we get there, won't we fly round!
Good by, fare you well, good bye, fare you well!
With the gals we find there we will raise merry hell.
Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!

When we are hauling in the Waterloo Dock,
Where the boys and the gals on the pier-head do flock,

And one to the other you'll hear them say,
"Here comes jolly Jack and his eighteen months' pay!"

Then we'll go up to the Dog and the Bell,
And the landlord he'll come in with his face all in smiles,

Saying, "Drink up, Jack, for it's worth your while!"
But when you money is all gone and spent,

There's none to be borrowed nor none to be lent.
Then you'll see him come in with a frown,

And then you'll hear him to the other man say,
"Get up there, Jack, and let John sit down!"

When your pocketbook's full and your name it is John,
But when you are broke then your name it is Jack.