Let Her Go Down Lyrics

Steeleye Span


publisher: ©Peermusic Publishing
writers: Peter Knight
album: Track 7 in album Sails of Silver
release date: 1980
popularity : 23 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Folk Rock
length: 3:37
producer: Gus Dudgeon
drums: Nigel Pegrum
vocal: Tim Hart, Bob Johnson, Rick Kemp, Maddy Prior and Peter Knight
engineer: Jerry Boys
violin: Peter Knight
bass: Rick Kemp
guitar: Bob Johnson and Tim Hart
keyboard: Peter Knight
percussion: Nigel Pegrum
woodwind: Nigel Pegrum

Album Information

country(area): United Kingdom
script: Latin

Cover Art

Steeleye Span Sails of Silver cover art


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Sometime in October,
We sailed from England's shore,
When we sailed into a raging storm
Like I've never ever seen before;
And all of the crew they were brave men,
But the captain, he was braver,
He said "Never mind the ship, me boys,
There's none of us here can save her."
Chorus: Let her go down,
Swim for your lives,
Swim for your children,
Swim for your wives,
But let her go down,
Just let her go down.
Lost in the open ocean,
There were some of the crew and me,
While the captain steered our wounded ship,
To the bottom of an angry sea,
And with his dying breath we all heard him say,
"Just the fortunes of a sailor."
And he said "Never mind the ship, me boys,
There's none of us here can save her."
He wondered if his shipmates
were ready just to pray and give in,
So he called their names out one by one,
But there was no one else around but him,
He saw the ship go down in the fading light,
And he knew they couldn't save her.
He said "The captain lied when the captain cried,
There's none of us here can save her."


Track Listing

  • 1 Sails of Silver
  • 2 My Love
  • 3 Barnet Fair
  • 4 Senior Service
  • 5 Gone to America
  • 6 Where Are They Now
  • 7 Let Her Go Down
  • 8 Longbone
  • 9 Marigold / Harvest Home
  • 10 Tell Me Why
  • 11 Thomas the Rhymer (live)
  • 12 My Johnny (live)
  • 13 The Lark in the Morning (live)