The Victory Song Lyrics

Steeleye Span

Steeleye Span Storm Force Ten cover art
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I am a youthful lady
My troubles they are great,
My tongue is scarcely able
My grievance to relate;
Since I have lost my true love,
That was ever dear to me,
He's gone to plough the ocean,
On board the Victory.
And many a pleasant evening,
My love and I did meet,
He clasped me round my slender waist,
And gave me kisses sweet;
I gave to him my hand and heart,
And he vowed he'd marry me,
But I did not know that my love,
Would join the Victory.
Chorus: Mourn, England, mourn and complain;
For the brave Lord Nelson's men,
That died upon the main.
My parents could not endure my love,
Because he was so poor,
Therefore he never did presume,
To come within the door;
But had he been some noble lord,
Born a man of high degree,
They'd ne'er have sent the lad I love,
On board the Victory.
There was thirteen on the press-gang,
They did my love surround,
And four of that accursed gang,
Went bleeding to the ground;
My love was overpowered,
Though he fought most manfully,
They dragged him through the dark, wet streets,
Towards the Victory.
Chorus:
Your ship she lay in harbour,
Just ready to set sail,
May Heaven be your guardian, love,
Till you come home from sea,
Just like an angel weeping,
On the rock sighs every day,
Awaiting for my own true love,
Returning home from sea;
It's not for gold that glitters,
Nor silver that will shine,
If I marry to the man I love,
I'll be happy in my mind.
Chorus:
Here's success unto the Victory,
And crew of noble fame,
And glory to the captain,
Bold Nelson was his name;
At the Battle of Trafalgar,
The Victory cleared the way,
But my love was slain with Nelson,
Upon that very day.
Chorus:

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Awake, Awake
  • 2 Sweep, Chimney Sweep
  • 3 The Wife of the Soldier
  • 4 The Victory
  • 5 The Black Freighter
  • 6 Some Rival
  • 7 Treadmill Song
  • 8 Seventeen Come Sunday


  • credits


    album: Track 4 in album Storm Force Ten
    release date: 1977
    popularity : 101 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock
    length: 8:36
    producer: Mike Thompson and Steeleye Span
    drums: Nigel Pegrum
    vocal: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick
    bass: Rick Kemp
    guitar: Martin Carthy and Tim Hart
    accordion: John Kirkpatrick

    Album Information

    label: Chrysalis
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin