A long, long time ago (Halliard's Shanty)
Language: English 
A long, long time, and a long time ago,
To me way hay, yoho;
A long, long time, and a long time ago,
A long time ago.

A smart Yankee packet lay out in the bay,
To me way hay, yoho;
A waiting for a fair wind to get under way,
A long time ago.

With all her poor sailors all sick and sore,
To me way hay, yoho;
For they'd drunk all their lime-juice, and could get no more,
A long time ago.

With all her poor sailors all sick and sad,
To me way hay, yoho;
For they'd drunk all their lime-juice, and could get no more,
A long time ago.

She was waiting for a fair wind to get under way,
To me way hay, yoho;
If she hasn't had a fair wind she's waiting there still,
A long time ago.

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