Sweet William

 

We praised and cheered the sailors

As they lined up on the quay

I waved at lovely Willie

And he waved back at me

And all the handsome sailors

They stood so fair and tall

But William, sweet William

Was the fairest of the all

William, sweet William

Was the fairest of them all

 

Marching up the gangplank

They proudly did embark

Their colours made me head spin

And my heart sang like a lark

Of all the fine young sailor lads

That answered Winterís call

William, sweet William

Was the bravest of them all

William, sweet William

Was the bravest of them all

 

They set out for Texel

To join up with Wolf Tone

Fourteen thousand seamen

To free his island home

Rolling out their cannons

To prepare to meet the foe

William, sweet William

To battle he did go

William, sweet William

To battle he did go

 

Bad fortune and foul weather

Their efforts did frustrate

Theyíd hoisted up their anchors

And set to sea too late

Quartered on the Delft

Defending Winterís rear

William, sweet William

Knew no doubt or fear

William, sweet William

He knew no doubt or fear

 

 

Duncan sailed from Yarmouth

To chase our navy down

They lined up for the battle

And met at Camperdown

As officers drew cutlasses

And shook their captainís hand

William sweet William

Bravely made a stand

William, sweet William

Bravely made a stand

 

First they hit our vanguard

Firing hard and fast

Then they broke our battle line

And we lost sails and mast

Many an able seaman

In the battle he did fall

And William he was taken

By an English cannon ball

William he was taken

By an English cannon ball

 

I sometimes watch the sailors

Line up on the quay

And think of lovely William

And him walking next to me

And I think of all the brave young men

Who were shot or drowned

When William, sweet William

Was lost at Camperdown

William, sweet William

Was lost at Camperdown