Time for us to leave her

Leave her, Johnnie

Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad.
TBB, piano
performance time approx 3m 00s
Range T: f – f' / Bar: d – d' / B: c – a
Price code: B
Complexity: **

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This piece is the last in the set Six sea shanties
The first piece is Santiana
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy Time for us to leave her individually using the link on this page.
Time for us to leave her (also known as Leave her, Johnnie) is a pumping shanty. Wooden ships leaked constantly, so pumping was a routine task. It was monotonous work and was often accompanied by shanty-singing. Time for us to leave her had a special role as it was traditionally sung while pumping the ship dry on her arrival in port at the end of a voyage.

A packet ship (verse 2) was a ship with a regular sailing schedule that carried mail, light goods, and passengers, typically across the Atlantic.


O the work was hard and the wages low,
Leave her Johnnie, leave her!
And the food was bad and the gales did blow,
And it’s time for us to leave her!

Leave her Johnnie, leave her,
Oh leave her Johnnie, leave her!
For the voyage is done and the winds don’t blow
And it’s time for us to leave her!

And we’ll leave her tight and we’ll leave her trim,
And we’ll heave the hungry packet in.

Now the sails are furled, our work is done,
And now on shore we’ll have our fun.

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