My Johnny Was a Shoemaker

This appeared in English County Songs (1893) under Songs of the Sea. It had been printed previously in a collection of southern country songs, Besom Maker and Other Country Folk Songs (1888) by Heywood Sumner. Rev. Baring-Gould also collected the tune. It was printed on broadsides which is listed in the Charles Sanderson catalog. The song was popular in Britain, Ireland and in Wales.

My Johnny Was a Shoemaker

My Johnny was a shoemaker,
And dearly he loved me
My Johnny was a shoemaker,
But now he's gone to sea;
With nasty pitch to soil his hands
And to sail across the stormy sea,
My Johnny was a shoemaker.

His jacket was a deep sky blue,
And curly was his hair ,
His jacket was a deep sky blue,
It was, I do declare;
To reef the topsail now he's gone,
And to sail across the stormy sea
My Johnny was a shoemaker.

And he will be a captain by and bye,
With a brave and gallant crew,
And he will be a captain by and bye,
With a sword and a spyglass too,
And when he is a captain bold,
He'll come back to marry me,
My Johnny was a shoemaker.