As I roved out one evening fair
It being the summertime to take the air
I spied a sailor and a lady gay
And I stood to listen
And I stood to listen to hear what they would say.
He said ``Fair lady, why do you roam
For the day is spent and the night is on''
She heaved a sigh while the tears did roll
``For my dark-eyed sailor
For my dark-eyed sailor, so young and stout and bold.''
``'Tis seven long years since he left this land
A ring he took from off his lily-white hand
One half of the ring is still here with me
But the other's rolling
But the other's rolling at the bottom of the sea.''
He said, ``You may drive him out of your mind
Some other young man you will surely find
Love turns aside and soon cold has grown
Like a winter's morning
Like a winter's morning, the hills are white with snow.''
She said, ``I'll never forsake my dear
Although we're parted this many a year
Genteel he was and a rake like you
To induce a maiden
To induce a maiden too slight to jag it through.''
One half of the ring did young William show
She ran distracted in grief and woe
Sayin' ``William, Will, I have gold in store
For my dark-eyed sailor
For my dark-eyed sailor has proved his own control''
And there is a cottage by yonder lea
This couple's married and does agree
So maids, be loyal when your love's at sea
For a cloudy morning
For a cloudy morning brings in a sunny day.