I wish I was in London or some other seaport town,
Set my foot on a steamboat and said the ocean round.
Sailing ‘round the ocean, sailing ‘round the sea,
Think of Handsome Molly wherever she might be.
Do you remember Molly when you gave me your right hand
And said if you ever married that I would be the man?
But now you’ve broken your promise, go marry whom you please,
While my poor heart is breaking, you’re going at your ease.
I saw you in church last Sunday, you passed me on by,
I knew your mind was changing by the roving of your eye.
Her hair was dark as a raven, her eyes were dark as coal,
Her cheeks shone like the lilies out in the morning glow.
Instruction on how to play this song can be found in Wayne Erbsen’s book: Clawhammer Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus.