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w:And he left his true love be-hind him weep-ing by the Liv-er-pool tide - V:T

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% W: W:1 W:Johnny Todd he took a notion W:For to cross the ocean wide. W:And he left his true love behind him W:Weeping by the Liverpool tide. W: W:2 W:For a week she wept full sorely, W:Tore her hair and wrung her hands, W:Till she met with another sailor W:Walking on the Liverpool sands. W: W:3 W:“Why, fair maid, are you a-weeping, W:For your Johnny gone to sea? W:If you'll wed with me tomorrow W:I will kind and constant be. W: W:4 W:“I will buy you sheets and blankets, W:I'll buy you a wedding ring. W:You shall have a gilded cradle W:For to rock your baby in.” W: W:5 W:Johnny Todd came back from sailing, W:Sailing o'er the ocean wide, W:But he found that his fair and false one W:Was another sailor's bride. W: W:6 W:All you men who go a-sailing W:For to fight the foreign foe: W:Don't leave your love like Johnny, W:Marry her before you go. % % % % % % % % % % %]


Further Information About Johnny Todd

Song Notes

Used as the theme for Z-Cars, an early BBC (UK) police TV series (1962 - 1978)

Song by Jim Patterson

Folk song references:

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