Leave Her Johnny
Sean Dagher feat. Michiel Schrey & Nils Brown Lyrics


I thought I heard the Old Man say:
"Leave her, Johnny, leave her."
Tomorrow you will get your pay
And it's time for us to leave her

Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
Oh, leave her, Johnny, leave her!
For the voyage is long and the winds don't blow
And it's time for us to leave her
Oh, the wind was foul and the sea ran high
"Leave her, Johnny, leave her!"
She shipped it green and none went by
And it's time for us to leave her

Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
Oh, leave her, Johnny, leave her!
For the voyage is long and the winds don't blow
And it's time for us to leave her

I hate to sail on this rotten tub
"Leave her, Johnny, leave her!"
No grog allowed and rotten grub
And it's time for us to leave her
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
Oh, leave her, Johnny, leave her!
For the voyage is long and the winds don't blow
And it's time for us to leave her

We swear by rote for want of more
"Leave her, Johnny, leave her!"
But now we're through so we'll go on shore
And it's time for us to leave her

Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
Oh, leave her, Johnny, leave her!
For the voyage is long and the winds don't blow
And it's time for us to leave her

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Zelphrin's Gaming

My first name is Jonny... and I'm in the Navy. I want this sung when I retire.

Mar10

I will sing this to you on your first divorce.

Bernardo Ayres

@Lumpy because when the singer says "leave her", he means leave the ship

ling ling

this made me feel things

Esteban L

@Lumpy sir, what are you talking about that this should be played on deployment?

Esteban L

Your retirement better be on YouTube so we can all feast our eyes upon this magnificent and proper last salute as a navy man

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Simon Simons

There's a deep longing in the song, almost like the criticism of their ship is to convince themselves they won't miss it, but the underlying tune shows a sorrow as sailor and sea part ways.

jlerro1981

Damn, you nailed it with that comment. However, I have heard this shanty sung by others which in its own right is still fantastic in each instance but there is something about Sean's distinct voice that puts this o'er the top. Put Nils Brown in the back ground and you have history re-made.

shadow_sa _bloodborn

True it's almost sadining

Don Mac

@Red Striped Socks I can't dispute that, I can't dispute that, I was only pointing out the origins of the song

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