“The Gentle Boy (Why Don't Father's Ship Come In)”


"As I roved out one evening As I sat down to rest, I saw a boy scarce four years old Sleep on his mother's breast." They tell about his father who sailed away and was lost in a hurricane. "They cast their eyes to heaven and son and mother died."

Cross references


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 113, "The Gentle Boy" (1 text)
  2. Peacock, pp. 795-796, "The Ship That Never Came" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lehr/Best 120, "Why Don't Father's Ship Come In?" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #2973
  5. BI, GrMa113


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Found in: Canada(Newf)