Farewell to old England forever
Farewell to me sweetheart as well
Oh keep me child safe in your arms love
I need you like no words can tell

Too ra ly too ra ly adity
Too ra ly too ra ly ay
Too ra ly too ra ly adity
Sailing to Botany Bay

The captain that is our commander
He sails by the stars and the sun
If e'er well I live I'll return again
To me darling sweet kisses I'd run.


For seven long years he's transported
Seven long years and a day
Oh I wish I were drowned on the ocean bed
For they've taken my truelove away


If I had the wings of a turtle dove
I'd soar on me pinions and fly
I'd fly to the arms of me Polly love
And in her sweet bosom I'd lie.


Lyrics submitted by Wilden

Botany Bay song meanings
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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song, and very typical of the style of songs done by Kate Rusby.
    The song is about leaving everything behind, specifically to go to Botany Bay, Australia. Whether this is a voyage of exploration, or referring to a prison ship taking exiles to Australia I am not sure, though I am inclined towards the latter due to the melancholy present in the song.
    Wildenon December 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it's a prison ship. 'For seven long years he's transported'.
    Foobon October 06, 2008   Link

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