Historic Sheet Music Collection

Authors

John Ford

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1874

Comments

My ships are coming back to me
song and chorus
words and music by J. Ford.

Philadelphia (1308 Chestnut St.) : F. A. North & Co.

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Lyrics

My ships are coming back to me,
They’re harbor’d in the bay below;
My ships, that sail’d far o’er the sea,
Ah! Many years ago.
Cheer up, my soul; be gay tonight!
Let sorrow to the winds be thrown;
They’re waiting for the morning light
To bring me back my own,
They’re waiting for the morning light,
To bring me back my own.

[CHORUS]
They’re coming, yes, they’re coming,
They’re in the bay below,
All laden with my treasures, and dreams of long ago.
They’re coming, yes, they’re coming,
They’re in the bay below,
All laden with my treasures, and dreams of long ago.
Dreams of long ago.

When youth was mine, and in my heart
All brightly gleam’d hopes guiding star,
I saw them one by one depart To fairy lands afar.
I stood upon the shining sands,
And watch’d their less’ning sails with glee;
For well I knew, from fairy lands,
They’d come again to me,
For well I knew, from fairy lands,
They’d come again to me.

[CHORUS]

What matter now the weary years I’ve watch’d and waited their return?
The fires of youth, unquench’d by tears,
Again will brightly burn.
The moon is gliding down the sky,
The paling stars their flight begin;
Cheer up, my soul!
The dawn is nigh, My ships are sailing in,
Cheer up, my soul!
The dawn is nigh, My ships are sailing in.

[CHORUS]

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