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The jacket so blue, song / Margaret McEleney, singing in English

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A ship crew of sailors aye as you may well know
Bound for the West Indies their long course to go
There was one lad among them I wish I never knew
He’s my own bonny sailor and his jacket was blue.

The first time I met my love he had a spy glass in his hand
I went to talk to him but he would not stand
I went to talk to him but away from me he drew
And my heart it went along with him in his jacket so blue.

Said I my bonny sailor I will buy your discharge
I’ll free you from sailing and set you at large
I will free you from the man o’ war if your heart it is true
And I’ll say I loved a sailor with a jacket so blue.

Said he my noble lady you would buy my discharge

And you would free me from sailing set me at large

You would free me from the man o’ war if my heart would be true

Ah but what would my own lovely Scotch lassie do.

For I have a wee lassie in my own country
And I would not slight her for her poverty
For if I did slight her my heart would not be true
For she never left a stain on my jacket so blue.

I will send for an artist to the Liverpool hall
And I will have my love’s picture drawn out in full size
I will hang it in my bedroom quite close to my view
And I’ll say I loved a sailor with a heart that was true.

see also   The jacket so blue / Jim MacFarland

The jacket so blue, song / Margaret McEleney, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:706-NC-V8
Main Performer: Margaret McEleney
Title:The jacket so blue [videorecording] / Margaret McEleney, singing in English
Section:Videos
Language:English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Format:Video
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:Rusty Nail Bar, Clonmany, Co Donegal
Recording Date:25 March 2001
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 4 min. 09 sec.) :digital, stereo
URL:http://www.inishowensinging.ie
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:819

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