Historic Sheet Music Collection

Authors

Henry Russell

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1864

Comments

A Life on the Ocean Wave
A favorite song
Sung by Mr. H. Russell & Mr. Seguin
The words by Epes Sargent ; the music composed and dedicated to Joseph B. Green Esq, of Columbus Geo. by Henry Russell

New York. Published by Hewitt & Jaques 239 Broadway

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Lyrics

A life on the ocean wave
A home on the rolling deep
Where the scatter'd waters rave
And the winds their revels keep
A home on the rolling deep
Where the scatter'd waters rave
And the winds their revels keep


Like an eagle caged I pine
On this dull unchanging shore
Oh give me the flashing brine
The spray and tempests' roar
A life on the ocean wave
A home on the rolling deep
Where the scatter'd waters rave
And the winds their revels keep
The winds, the winds, the winds their revels keep
The winds, the winds, the winds their revels keep

Once more on the deck I stand
Of my own swift gliding craft
Set sail! Fare well to the land
The gale follows fare abaft
Of my own swift gliding craft
Set sail! Fare well to the land
The gale follows fare abaft


We shoot through the sparkling foam
Like an ocean bird set free
Like the ocean bird our home
We'll find far out on the sea
A life on the ocean wave
A home on the rolling deep
Where the scatter'd waters rave
And the winds their revels keep

The land is no longer in view
The clouds have begun to frown
But with a stout vessel and crew
We'll say let the storm come down
And the song our our hearts shall be
While the winds and the waters rave
A life on the heaving sea
A home on the bounding wave
A life on the ocean wave
A home on the rolling deep
Where the scatter'd waters rave
And the winds their revels keep




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