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Traditional

Song Information

Origin: Traditional (Appalachia, early 1900's) This song is also known as “What Does the Deep Sea Say?” and is associated with numerous historical events of 1862-1863 involving Union general Ulysses S. Grant and his Vicksburg campaign. First recording and first release as “What Does the Deep Sea Say?” by Mack Allen (1929) First release as “Where Is My Sailor Boy?” by the Monroe Brothers (1937) Billy's version inspired by Bill Monroe

Lyrics

Oh, where is my sailor boy? Oh, where is my sailor boy? He sleeps in the bottom of the deep blue sea And can't come back to me I stand on the beach alone and gaze at the misty blue Deep sea ere you hold him to your breast Does he mention my name to you? Chorus: Oh, what does the deep sea say? Oh, what does the deep sea say? It moans, it groans, oh it splashes and foams, and rolls on it's weary way Oh please tell me deep blue sea, is he sleeping peacefully? The winds from the north are blowing icy cold Please keep him warm for me If only my dreaming soul, some token or sign could find If only the waves would show me where he sleeps I would leave this world behind Chorus: Oh, what does the deep sea say? Oh, what does the deep sea say? It moans, it groans, oh it splashes and foams, and rolls on it's weary way A beautiful rose one day, I placed on the crest of a wave I said take it please and let it set upon Above his watery grave As it would I watched in vain, my rose ne'er came back again So wave take another message to my love Saying I'll meet him above Chorus: Oh, what does the deep sea say? Oh, what does the deep sea say? It guards, it holds true lovers, and sleeps, and rolls on its weary way