“Liverpool Dock”


The singer bids farewell to his mother as his ship sails away from Liverpool Dock. He hopes to return to his home, but there will be no one to meet him

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Liverpool Dock
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From Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, Volume I, #95, pp. 373.
Collected from Mrs. Lillian Short of Cabool, Missouri, August 8,

My mother stood on the Liverpool dock,
Her handkerchief was up to her eyes,
And as the big ship slowly steamed out the tide,
'Twas there that I kissed her goodbye.

  Goodbye, I'm going to leave you,
  I'm going to go far away, far away,
  And when I return to the land of my birth,
  There'll be no one to welcome me home,
    dear old home.


  1. Randolph 95, "Liverpool Dock" (1 text, 1 tune -- a fragmentary text that might fit with any number of emigration ballads)
  2. McBride 69, "Welcome Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST R095 (Full)
  4. Roud #3266
  5. BI, R095


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So) Ireland