Leave Her Johnny

By: Traditional - arr. Peter Hargreaves 2020
For: Brass band
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Composer
Traditional - arr. Peter Hargreaves 2020
Year of arrangement
2020
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Other
License details
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Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her - is a traditional shanty. Folklore holds, that it was a shanty saved for the last duty of a voyage, after which all hands would disembark.

A song with numerous verses. The music is presented here with just 3 verses - and a chorus after each verse. If more verses are required then repeat (as required) the section commencing at rehearsal mark C.

Oh the work was hard and the wages low. Leave her Johnny, Leave her. I guess its time for us to go And its time for us to leave her. Leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh leave her Johnny, leave her. Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow And it's time for us to leave her.

Oh I thought I heard the old man say, Leave her Johnny, leave her. Oh tomorrow you will get your pay And it's time for us to leave her, Leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh, leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow And it's time for us to leave her.

The winds blew foul and the seas ran high. Leave her Johnny, leave her. We shipped up green and none went by And it's time for us to leave her, Leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow And it's time for us to leave her.

The old man swears, and the mate swears too, Leave her Johnny, leave her. The crew all swear, and so would you And it's time for us to leave her, Leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh leave her Johnny, leave her. Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow And its time for us to leave her.

The starboard pump is like the crew Leave her Johnny, leave her. It's all worn out and will not do And it's time for us to leave her, Leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh leave her Johnny, leave her. Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow And it's time for us to leave her.

The rats have gone and we the crew Leave her Johnny, leave her. It's the time be-damned that we went too And it's time for us to leave her, Leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh leave her Johnny, leave her. Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow And it's time for us to leave her.

Well I pray that we shall ne're more see Leave her Johnny, leave her. A hungry ship, the likes of she And it's time for us to leave her, Leave her Johnny, leave her, Oh leave her Johnny, leave her. Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow And it's time for us to leave her.

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