Sails of Silver Song Lyrics

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What is it makes her to weep and to moan?
I am as a tall sailing ship out on the sea,
Where only long breezes reach out to me.
Chorus: And I'll set my sails of silver,
And I'll steer towards the sun,
And you, false love, will weep for me
When I'm gone, when I'm gone, when I'm gone.
The maid in a garden, how can it be?
I'm staring seaward but what does she see?
A mast of the tall rowan tree, ropes of fine silk,
Decks holystoned shining whiter than milk.
Chorus: (2x)
[Key change] Chorus 3x and fade

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)


  • credits


    publisher: ©Peermusic Publishing
    writers: Tim Hart
    album: Track 1 in album Sails of Silver
    release date: 1980
    popularity : 59 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Folk Rock
    length: 3:28
    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