Johnny Todd

Johnny Todd







Johnny Todd he took a notion
    For to go across the sea,
And he left his love behind him,
    Weeping by the Liverpool sea.

For a week she wept full sorely,
    Tore the hair and wrung her hands,
Till she met another sailor
    Walking on the Liverpool sands.

"Why, fair maid, are you a-weeping,
    For your Johnny gone to sea?
If you'll wed with me tomorrow,
    I will kind and constant be.

"I will buy you sheets and blankets,
    I'll buy you a wedding ring,
You shall have a gilded cradle
    For to rock your baby in."

Johnny Todd came back from sailing,
    Sailing o'er the ocean wide;
But he found his fair and false one,
    Was another sailor's bride.

All young men who go a-sailing,
    For to fight the foreign foe,
Don't you leave your love like Johnny—
    Marry her before you go.
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