Sailing, Sailing

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"Sailing, Sailing" (also known by its first line "Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main") is a children's song about sailing on the ocean. It was written in 1880 by Godfrey Marks, a pseudonym of British organist and composer James Frederick Swift (1847–1931).[1][2]


The familiar chorus is

Sailing, sailing over the bounding main
For many a stormy wind shall blow
Ere Jack comes home again.

The complete lyrics and music are found in the Franklin Square Song Collection (1888).[3]


  1. ^ Studwell, William Emmett (1997). The Americana song reader. New York: Haworth Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7890-0150-4. OCLC 35298663. 
  2. ^ Bullock, Jack; Maiello, Anthony (1997). Belwin 21st Century Band Method, Level 2: Conductor. New York: Alfred Publishing. p. 327. ISBN 978-0-7692-0160-3. OCLC 44949067. 
  3. ^ [1] McCaskey,John Piersol "Franklin Square song collection: two hundred favorite songs and hymns for schools and homes, nursery and fireside." New York: Harper and Brothers, 1888, Number 5, page 17. Retrieved September 20, 2009