Soon May The Wellerman Come

Album: various (1860)
  • There once was a ship that put to sea
    The name of the ship was the Billy of Tea
    The winds blew up, her bow dipped down
    O blow, my bully boys, blow

    Soon may the Wellerman come
    To bring us sugar and tea and rum
    One day, when the tonguin' is done
    We'll take our leave and go

    She had not been two weeks from shore
    When down on her a right whale bore
    The captain called all hands and swore
    He'd take that whale in tow

    Soon may the Wellerman come
    To bring us sugar and tea and rum
    One day, when the tonguin' is done
    We'll take our leave and go

    Before the boat had hit the water
    The whale's tail came up and caught her
    All hands to the side, harpooned and fought her
    When she dived down below

    Soon may the Wellerman come
    To bring us sugar and tea and rum
    One day, when the tonguin' is done
    We'll take our leave and go

    No line was cut, no whale was freed
    The Captain's mind was not of greed
    But he belonged to the whaleman's creed
    She took the ship in tow

    Soon may the Wellerman come
    To bring us sugar and tea and rum
    One day, when the tonguin' is done
    We'll take our leave and go

    For forty days, or even more
    The line went slack, then tight once more
    All boats were lost, there were only four
    But still that whale did go

    Soon may the Wellerman come
    To bring us sugar and tea and rum
    One day, when the tonguin' is done
    We'll take our leave and go

    As far as I've heard, the fight's still on
    The line's not cut and the whale's not gone
    The Wellerman makes his regular call
    To encourage the Captain, crew, and all

    Soon may the Wellerman come
    To bring us sugar and tea and rum
    One day, when the tonguin' is done
    We'll take our leave and go

    Soon may the Wellerman come
    To bring us sugar and tea and rum
    One day, when the tonguin' is done
    We'll take our leave and go
    Lyrics from a song in Public Domain

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