Polly on the Shore Albums Gigs Lyrics Comments

Details

Author
Traditional, Dave Pegg
Original Band
Fairport Convention

Albums

Title Artist Label Type Year
A&M Sessions (aka A&M Demos) Robyn Hitchcock na Unauthorized 1993
You & Oblivion Robyn Hitchcock Sequel Records Authorized 1995
This Is the BBC Robyn Hitchcock Hux Authorized 2006

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock Knitting Factory New York New York US March 12, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock The Met Café Providence Rhode Island US December 05, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock BBC London England UK January 06, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK August 06, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Queen Elizabeth Hall London England UK June 24, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock The Turning Point Piermont New York US July 16, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US June 05, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US August 09, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Hạ Long Bay Hạ Long Vietnam December 03, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK March 12, 2021

Comments

Robyn's cover references the Fairport Convention version of this traditional song.

Lyrics

Come all you wild young men
And a-warnin' take by me
Never to lead your single life astray
And into no bad company

As I myself have done
It been in the merry month of May
When I was pressed by a sea captain
And on board a man of war I was sent
When I was pressed by a sea captain
And on board a man of war I was sent

Our ship it did set sail
And our bonny, bonny flag we did fly
Let every man stand true to his gun
For the Lord knows who must die
Let every man stand true to his gun
For the Lord knows who must die

Our captain was wounded full sore
Likewise the rest of his men
Our main mast rigging
It was shattered all about
So that we were obliged to give in

And the blood in streams did flow
And so loudly the cannon did roar
And thousands of times have I wished meself at home
And all along with me Polly on the shore
And thousands of times have I wished meself at home
And all along with me Polly on the shore

She's a tall and a slender girl
With a dark and a roving eye
And here am I lie a-bleeding on the deck
And for her sweet sake I would die
And here am I lie a-bleeding on the deck
And for her sweet sake I would die

So farewell to my parents and friends
Likewise, my dear Polly, too
I ne'er would cross the salt sea so wide
If I hadn't been moved by you
I ne'er would cross the salt sea so wide
If I hadn't been moved by you