Polly on the Shore Song Lyrics

Fairport Convention


album: Track 2 in album Nine
release date: 1992
popularity : 70 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Indie Rock
length: 4:57

Album Information

label: Island
country(area): United Kingdom
format: CD
barcode: 731451275623
script: Latin

Cover Art

Fairport Convention Nine cover art


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Come all you wild young men and a warning take by me
Never lead your single life astray or into bad company
As I myself have done, being all in the month of May
When I, as pressed by a sea captain, a privateer to trade
To the East Indies we were bound to plunder the raging main
And it's many the brave and a galliant ship we sent to a watery grave
Ah, for Freeport we did steer, our provisions to renew
When we did spy a bold man-of-war sailing three feet to our two
Oh, she fired across our bows, "Heave to and don't refuse
Surrender now unto my command or else your lives you'll lose"
And our decks they were sputtered with blood and the cannons did loudly roar
And broadside and broadside a long time we lay till we could fight no more
And a thousand times I wished myself alone, all alone with my Polly on the shore
She's a tall and a slender girl with a dark and a-rolling eye
And here am I, a-bleeding on the deck and for a sweet saint must lie
Farewell, my family and my friends, likewise my barley too
I'd never have crossed the salt sea wide if I'd have been ruled by you
And a thousand times I saw myself again, all alone with my Polly on the shore


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 The Hexhamshire Lass
  • 2 Polly on the Shore
  • 3 The Brilliancy Medley & Cherokee Shuffle
  • 4 To Althea From Prison
  • 5 Tokyo
  • 6 Bring 'Em Down
  • 7 Big William
  • 8 Pleasure & Pain
  • 9 Possibly Parsons Green