“I Was Once a Sailor”


"Yes, I was once a sailor boy, I plowed the restless sea. I saw the sky look fair and glad And I felt proud and free." The sailor recalls his travels, but notes he made little profit. He now has a small farm and thinks his life is sweet


Huntington thinks this might be related to "The Faithful Sailor Boy" [Laws K13]. I don't see any signs of kinship. - RBW


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 66-67, "I Was Once a Sailor" (1 text)
  2. Roud #2021
  3. BI, SWMS067


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1843 (Journal from the Florida)