In dedication to the jolly ol' sailing family...
Winds did scud against the hull
To flash of lightning and storm propel
Here where the seas did dance and roll
Carried on me dear Burley Swell
From the wail of premonitory gale
Did cry good lad Johnny Bell
Pull the sheets! Let down main sail!
Carried on ma dear Burley Swell
Even the most hardy of a fellow
In the flurry would cry for hell
The wall of livid cloud would sallow
Yet still carried on dear Burley Swell
And in the torrent good captain stood
So all the crew's fear was quelled
And shouting abaft the mainmast wood
So carried on dear Burley Swell
The sailors chant did rise over clear
The tumultuous tempest spell
Of the sea they all called to revere
And spare my dear Burley Swell
Now dear captain bellowed strong
For the rain and wind his voice impelled
To my command the sea belongs!
Carry on me dear Burley Swell!
Soon the horizon shone golden light
And the storm did cease its yell
Silver sails billowed out like kites
And so carried on dear Burley Swell
Still the hearts of men were high and loud
For the song carried on soft as knell
That to the captain the storm had bowed
And she carried on, dear Burley Swell!
Now the haunts of the sea drifted by
And legends ebbed to live in shells
But still her masts tower to the sky
And so carries on me dear Burley Swell