Bold Riley/Bold Reilly's Gone Away

Kate Rusby, Hourglass, 1998
Danny Spooner, Bold Reilly's Gone Away, 2009


Kate Rusby version

Oh the rain it rains all day long
Bold Riley, oh bold Riley
And the northern wind it grows so strong
Bold Riley oh has gone away

CHORUS
Goodbye my sweetheart, goodbye my dear-oh
Bold Riley, oh bold Riley
Goodbye my sweetheart, goodbye my dear-oh
Bold Riley oh has gone away

Oh come on, Mary, don't look glum
Bold Riley, oh bold Riley
Come White Stocking Day you'll be drinking rum
Bold Riley oh has gone away

We're outward bound for the Bengal Bay
Bold Riley, oh bold Riley
Get bending, me lads, it's a hell of a way,
Bold Riley oh has gone away


Danny Spooner version

Our anchor's weighed and the topsail is set
Bold Reilly oh bold Reilly
Farewell to the lasses we'll never forget
Bold Reilly oh gone away

CHORUS
Goodbye me darling, goodbye me dear-oh
Bold Reilly oh bold Reilly
Goodbye me darling, goodbye me dear-oh
Bold Reilly oh gone away

Oh Nancy me love don't you look so glum
Come Whitestocking Day you'll be supping up rum

And we're outward bound for the Bengal Bay
Crack on me lads it's a hell of a way

Well growl you may but go you must
You growl too hard well your head they'll bust

Our anchor's weighed and the topsail is set
Bold Reilly oh bold Reilly
Farewell to the lasses we'll never forget
Bold Reilly oh gone away


Digital Tradition version

Our anchor's aweigh and our sails are all set,
Bold Riley-oh, boom-a-lay!
And the folks we are leaving, we'll never forget,
Bold Riley-oh, gone away!

cho: Goodbye, me darlin', goodbye, me dear-oh,
Bold Riley-oh, boom-a-lay,
Goodbye, me darlin' goodbye, me dear-oh,
Bold Riley-oh, gone away.

Wake up Mary Ellen, and don't look so glum,
By Whitestocking time, you'll be drinking hot rum.

The rain it is raining now all the day long,
And the northerly wind, it does blow so strong.

We're outward and bound for Bengal bay,
Get bendin', me boys, it's a hell of a way.


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