The Frisco Ship

The Frisco Ship

Traditional - As sung by Holdstock & Murphy on San Francisco Shanties and Sea Songs of California's Gold Rush


Oh our ship she lay by Frisco Bay,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
Oh our ship she lay by Frisco Bay,
A long time ago.

Our smart Yankee clipper lay out in the bay,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
All waiting a wind for to get underway,
A long time ago.

We sailed from Frisco in a full rigged ship,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
We sailed from Frisco in a full rigged ship,
A long time ago.

Her masts was silver, her yards was gold,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
Her masts was silver, her yards was gold,
A long time ago.

Bound for New York with a cargo gold,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
Bound South round the Horn through the ice and the cold,
A long time ago.

If ever I sets me feet on the shore,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
I'll become the owner of a little run store,
A long time ago.

If ever I gets me feet on the land,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
I'll become some young ladies fancy man,
A long time ago.

Oh it's a long time and a very long time,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
It's a very long time since I wrote this rhyme,
A long time ago.