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Limehouse Reach

By C. Fox Smith in Full Sail 1926
Words slightly adapted by Charlie Ipcar in 2001
Tune: adapted by Charlie Ipcar from Little Margaret
as played by Obray Ramsey in Blue Ridge Banjo

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Now, I fell in love with a Limehouse lass,
But she has proved untrue;
She looked as fresh as a figurehead
That's just been painted new;
Now she's took and married a keelboat lad,
And it's time for me to go:
But I would have loved you so, me dear,
I would have loved you so!
Yes, I would have loved you so, me dear,
I would have loved you so!

Oh, a shake o' the foresheet pays for all
That a sailor leaves behind,
For an alehouse shot, a friend forgot,
A sweetheart false or kind;
Now the bloomin' mudhook's off the ground,
And it's time for us to go:
But I would have loved you so, me dear,
I would have loved you so!
Yes, I would have loved you so, me dear,
I would have loved you so!

So, it's a long good-bye to Limehouse Reach,
And a last good-bye to you;
A fella's a fool to die for love,
Which I don't mean to do;
There's girls as sharp in every port
From here to Cal-la-o:
But I would have loved you so, me dear,
I would have loved you so!
Yes, I would have loved you so, me dear,
I would have loved you so!

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