The orphaned singer is "going home to the old country" as a sailor on Unicorn. It is hard work and hard bread for twelve days to Liverpool. At Glasgow "girls were very kind ... I bid farewell To the darned old Unicorn"

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From Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, #149, pp. 326-328.
"Sung by Mr. Ben Henneberry, Devil's Island."

When I was young and in my prime
  To the seas I had to go.
My parents died when I was young,
  The truth to you I'll show.
But of all the times that ever I had
  Since the hour that I was born,
Was going home to the old country
  On board of the Unicorn.

(6 additional stanzas)


This song is item dD46 in Laws's Appendix II. - BS

Although this seems to be an independent song, I've given it the keyword "floatingverses" because so many of the lines are commonplace. - RBW


  1. Creighton-NovaScotia 149, "Unicorn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrNS149 (Partial)
  3. Roud #1844
  4. BI, CrNS149


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Found in: Canada(Mar)