Melody - Henry Clay Work, a later arrangement
also used by Charley on the MTA - The Wreck of the Old 97 - The Prisoner's Song
1. On a summer's day,|
When the wave was rippled
By the softest gentlest breeze,
Did a ship set sail
With a cargo laden
For a port beyond the seas.
There were sweet farewells
There were loving signals
While a form was yet discerned;
Though they knew it not,
'twas a solemn parting
For the ship, she never returned.
2. Said a feeble lad|
To his anxious mother,"
I must cross the wide, wide sea,
For they say, perchance
In a foreign climate,
There is health and strength for me."
'Twas a gleam of hope
In a maze of danger
And her heart for her youngest yearned,
Yet she sent him forth
With a smile and blessing
On the ship that never returned.
3. "Only one more trip",