I Drew My Ship
This song came to me back in Melbourne, Australia, in the early 1960’s when there would always be a Saturday night party where many people would congregate and sing songs. Many of these were songs from the British Isles and were sung by people emigrating to Australia and bringing their songs with them, I believe this came from the North East. Martyn
I Drew My Ship Trad
I drew my ship into the harbour
I drew it close where my love lay
I drew it close unto her window
To listen to what my love did say.
Whose there whose there close at my window
Who knocks so loud and would come in
It is your true love who loves you dearly
So rise my love and let me in.
Well slowly slowly got she up
And slowly slowly came she down
But when she got the door unlocked
Her own true love had come and gone.
He’s brisk and braw he’s far away
He’s far beyond the raging sea
Where fishes dancing and bright eyes glancing
Have made him quite forget his own.