Ambletown

Ambletown (2014)

TTBB a cappella
Commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

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Text:

O Amble is a fine town with ships about the bay
I'm wishing in my heart that I was there today
Oh, I'm wishing in my heart I was far away from here
Sitting in my parlor and talking with my dear

And it's home, dearie, home, it's home I want to be
My topsails are hoisted and I am out to sea
The oak and the ash and the bonnie birchen tree
Are all a-growing green in the North country
And it's home, dearie, home.

A letter came today, but somehow I cannot speak
And the proud and happy tears are a-rolling down my cheeks
"There's someone here," she said, "You've been waiting for to see
With your merry hazel eyes, looking up from off my knee"

But the letter never said if we had a boy or girl
Got me so confused that my heart is all a whirl
So I'm going back to port, where I'll quickly turn around
And take the fastest ship, which to Ambletown is bound

Well, if it be a girl, she shall wear a golden ring
If it be a boy, you can name him after me
With his buckles and his boot and his little jacket blue
He'll walk the quarterdeck, like his daddy used to do.

- Traditional