BOLD RILEY

The origin and history of this song is somewhat unclear. It was not noted or heard of until it featured on a 1962 album called 'A Sailors Garland' sung by A.L Lloyd. He apparently collected this song from sailors in Bristol who used to sail on the West Indian Sugar and Rum Trade.
We recorded this song on our debut album 'One for the Pot'.


Lyrics:

Oh the rain it raineth all day long,
Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,
And them northern wind, are blowing strong
Bold Riley-o has gone away.

Chorus:
Goodbye my sweetheart, goodbye my dear-o
Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,
Goodbye my darlin', goodbye my dear-o,
Bold Riley-o has gone away.

Oh the anchor's aweigh and the sails are set
Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,
And them Liverpool Judies we'll ne'er forget
Bold Riley-o has gone away.

Chorus

We're outward bound for the Bengal Bay,
Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,
Keep rowing boys, it's a bloody long way
Bold Riley-o has gone away.

Chorus

Cheer up Mary Ellen, don't be so glum,
Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,
Come White-stocking Day we'll drink hot rum
Bold Riley-o has gone away.

Chorus.

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