“The Anchor's Aweigh”


"Oh, the anchor's aweigh, the anchor's aweigh, Fare you well, fare you well, my own true love. At last we parted on the shore, As the tears rolled gently from her eyes. 'Must you go leave me now,' she did say, 'That I face this all alone?'"


This should not be confused with the popular piece "Anchors Aweigh" (usually credited to Alfred H. Miles and Charles H. Zimmerman).

According to A. M. Kramer, "Salty Sea Songs and Shantys," the words to this piece are by S. J. Arnold and the music by "Braham." Doerflinger's note seems to imply that he doubts this. - RBW


  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(056), "Annie Laurie," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 1852-1859; also L.C.Fol.178.A.2(062), "Annie Laurie," James Lindsay (Glasgow) [despite both being by Lindsay, and using the same woodcut, they are not the same broadside]


  1. Doerflinger, p. 166, "The Anchor's Aweigh" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9445
  3. BI, Doe166a


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1860 (NLScotland broadsides)
Keywords: sailor parting
Found in: US(MA)