traditional

I’ll sing you a song, it’s a song of the sea
Row, me bully boys, row
I’ll sing you a song if you’ll sing it with me
And it’s row, me bully boys row

Chorus:
And it’s row, me bully boys
We’re in a hurry, boys
We’ve got a long way to go
We’ll sing and we’ll dance
And bid farewell to France
And it’s row, me bully boys, row

The first mate is piping the captain aboard
Row, me bully boys, row
He looks like a peacock with pistols and sword
And it’s row, me bully boys, row

Chorus

The captain likes whiskey, the mate he likes rum
Row, me bully boys, row
Us sailors like both but we can’t get us none
And it’s row, me bully boys, row

Chorus

Farewell, my love, it is time for to roam
Row, me bully boys, row
The old Blue Peters are calling us home
And it’s row, me bully boys, row

Chorus x2

The “blue peter” is a blue signal flag with a white rectangle in the centre, signifying “P”. When flown alone, indicates that a ship is ready to sail, requiring all crew members and passengers to return on board.