"Canadee I-O" as written by and Traditional....
It's of a fair and handsome girl
She's all in her tender years
She fell in love with a sailor boy
It's true she loved him well
For to go off to sea with him
Like she did not now how
She longed to see that seaport town
Of Canadee I-O

So she bargained with the sailor boy
All for a piece of gold
Straightway then he led her
Down into the hold O
Sayin', "I'll dress you up in sailor's clothes
Your jacket shall be blue
And you'll see that seaport town
Of Canadee I-O"

Now, when the other sailors they heard the news
Well, they fell into a rage
And with the whole ship's company
They were willing to engage
Sayin', "We'll tie her hands and feet, me boy
Overboard we'll throw her
And she'll never see that seaport town
Called Canadee I-O"

Now, when the captain he heard the news
Well, he fell into rage
And with the whole ships company
He was willing to engage
Sayin', "She'll stay all in sailor's clothes
Her colour shall be blue
She'll see that seaport town
Called Canadee I-O"

Now, when they came down to Canada
Scarcely 'bout half a year
She's married this bold captain
Who's called her his dear
She's dressed all in silks and satins now
She cuts a gallant show
The finest of the ladies
Down in Canadee I-O

So some all you fair and you tender girls
Wheresoever you may be
I'd have you to follow your own true love
Whene'er he goes on the sea
For if the sailor proves false to you
Well, the captain he might prove true
You'll see the honor I have gained
By the wearing of the blue.


Lyrics submitted by Delilah8

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