Sailing, Sailing

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"Sailing, Sailing" is a song written in 1880 by Godfrey Marks, a pseudonym of British organist and composer James Frederick Swift (1847–1931).[1][2] It is also known as "Sailing" or "Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main" (the first line of its chorus). The song's chorus is widely known and appears in many children's songbooks. The preceding verses are little known.

Lyrics[edit]

The words of the chorus are:

Sailing, sailing over the bounding main;
For many a stormy wind shall blow ere Jack comes home again!
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] and The Academy Song-Book[4] and The Abridged Academy Song Book[5].

References[edit]

  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
  4. ^ Levermore, Charles H. (1895). The Academy Song-Book, for Use in Schools and Colleges. Boston: Ginn & Company. 
  5. ^ [2]Levermore, Charles H. (1899). The Abridged Academy Song-Book, for Use in Schools and Colleges. Boston: Ginn & Company.