Away Rio

Away Rio

Traditional - Lyrics from Iron Men & Wooden Ships, by Frank Shay


O, the anchor is weighed, and the sails they are set,
Away, Rio!
The maids that we're leaving we'll never forget,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!


So man the good capstan, and run it around,
Away, Rio!
We'll heave up the anchor to this jolly sound,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!


We've a jolly good ship, and a jolly good crew,
Away, Rio!
A jolly good mate, and a good skipper, too,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!


We'll sing as we heave to the maidens we leave,
Away, Rio!
And you who are listening, good-bye to you,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!


Come heave up the anchor, let's get it aweigh,
Away, Rio!
It's got a firm grip, so heave steady, I say,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!


Heave with a will, and heave long and strong,
Away, Rio!
Sing a good chorus, for 'tis a good song,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!


Heave only one pawl, then 'vast heaving, belay!
Away, Rio!
Heave steady, because we say farewell to-day,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!


The chain's up and down, now the bosun did say,
Away, Rio!
Heave up to the hawse-pipe, the anchor's aweigh,
For we're bound for the Rio Grande,
And away, Rio! aye, Rio!
Sing fare-ye-well, my bonny young gel,
For we're bound for the Rio Grand!