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Bert Hansell Origins: Leave Her Johnny Leave Her (77* d) LYR: Leave her Johnny leave her. 28 Jul 97


The first time that I heard this one was in Lionel Bart's musical "Maggie May" in the Sixties. Did anyone else see that?

Anyway, here's the way that I sing it...

Last night I heard the old man say
Leave her Johnny Leave Her
Go ashore and draw our pay
It's time for us to leave her

Chorus...
Leave her, leave her, leave her Johnny leave her
Go ashore and draw our pay
It's time for us to leave her

The work is hard and the wages low
Leave her Johnny Leave Her
I think it's time for us to go
It's time for us to leave her

Chorus...(as before, repeating the last line from the verse)

The seams are sprung the pumps is old...
Six feet of water in the hold

We shipped it green both night and day
She would neither wear nor stay

It's pump her bullies night and day
To help us get to Liverpool Bay

The rats have gone and we the crew
I think it's time that we left too


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