36 - Health to the Company

Words by Traditional
Tune by Traditional

A traditional song of farewell and emigration. Some singers enjoy the long 'FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR' in the last line of the refrain and some don't - watch the leader so you're not caught unawares!

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
Come lift up your voices, all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again

So here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let’s drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let’s drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again

Here’s a health to the wee lass that I love so well
For style and for beauty there’s none can excel
There’s a smile on her countenance as she sits upon my knee
There is no man in this wide world as happy as me

So here’s a health to the company and one to my lass…

Our ship lies at anchor, she is ready to dock
I wish her safe landing without any shock
And if ever I should meet you by land or by sea
I will always remember your kindness to me

So here’s a health to the company and one to my lass…