One Star Awake
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My Johnny was a shoemaker and dearly he loved me,

My Johnny was a shoemaker but now he's gone to sea

With pitch and tar to soil his hands

And to sail across the sea, stormy sea,

And sail across the stormy sea.


His jacket was a deep sky blue and curly was his hair,

His jacket was a deep sky blue, it was, I do declare,

For to reive the topsails up against the mast

And to sail across the sea, stormy sea,

And sail across the stormy sea.


Some day he'll be a captain bold with a brave and a gallant crew,

Some day he'll be a captain bold with a sword and spy-glass too.

And when he has a gallant captain's sword

He'll come home and marry me, marry me,

He'll come home and marry me.



'reive' in the second verse means to draw cord through eyelet holes

Version one of a traditional English folk song

Performed by Laura Kirkman Leary and Lisa Kirkman Kittell.

Recording appears here with kind permission (from Laura Leary)


Sisters Laura Leary and Lisa Kittell sing this English traditional song in 2 part harmony, acappella. Can you

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MY JOHNNY WAS A SHOEMAKER