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There's a ship lies rigged and ready in the harbour
Tomorrow for old England she sails
Far away from your land of endless sunshine
To my land full of rainy skies and gales
And I shall be aboard that ship tomorrow
Though my heart is full of tears at this farewell

For you are beautiful
And I have loved you dearly
More dearly than the spoken word can tell

I heard there's a wicked war a blazing
And the taste of war I know so very well
Even now I see the foreign flag a raising
Their guns on fire as we sail into hell
I have no fear of death; it brings no sorrow
But how bitter will be this last farewell

For you are beautiful
And I have loved you dearly
More dearly than the spoken word can tell

Though death and darkness gather all about me
And my ship be torn apart upon the seas
I shall smell again the fragrance of these islands
In the heaving waves that brought me once to thee
And should I return safe home again to England
I shall watch the English mist roll through the dell

For you are beautiful
And I have loved you dearly
More dearly than the spoken word can tell

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    UnregisteredApr 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm
    If you look up the song on Wikipedia, it says it is based on a poem sent to the singer/writer. The poem is also in the article, in Spanish, English and Filipino. If you read the poem in English it even mentions the Philippines in it. So the song is about someone leaving the Philippines for England.
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    UnregisteredApr 2, 2012 at 3:23 am
    I think he is saying farewell to a country, not a girl - "the land of endless sunshine" which means australia? Tho' i don't know why he refers to "these islands" if he is referring to australia.

    Whatever it means, it is a real tearjerker.
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    UnregisteredAug 1, 2012 at 11:35 am
    I believe the author takes the form(or is) a young man who, having left his home in england, has made america his new home and consequently his new love, falling deeply for, among other things,
    It's mountains,prairies&oceans white with foam. But above all, inspite
    Of wondrous, changing, seasons, the seemingly endless sky and with
    It,somewhere always... Sunshine; something his birthplace sorely
    But now, he must return to england; she needs him desparetly,
    And duty calls. And like his father,and his father before him, he must
    Answer. Now aboard, heading e. N. E. Out over the great atlantic; perhaps only in his minds memory, he suddenly gets a scent of home,
    Maybe somehow the perfumed heather of sister ireland, or more
    Likely the aroma of his dear great britain, that only a true englishman
    Could surely recognize, making it's way across the waves prodding him onward, onward... For she has a beauty of her own!
    It is now that he turns, england ahead, america behind;and sadly
    Contemplating the vast possibilities of war and for some the inevitable
    Outcome;he is unafraid yet reconciled that one of these regal ladies
    He has loved as his home, either has, or may soon have, seen his
    Last farewell.
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    UnregisteredMar 12, 2012 at 12:51 am
    Looking out onto the harbor to the readied, stately ship that will take him from the magnificent, sunny islands of a land he's learned to love, a sailor anticipates his 'morrow's departure to old england, his homeland, starkly reminiscent of rainy skies and storms. He laments of his sadness at having to leave this wonderful place, but must return to fight for his homeland’s flag. He is drawn to recall past wartime with remembrance of fierce, fiery battles on the seas. Though he is not afraid of death, he is embittered by the thought that he may die at sea without once again being able to see the beautiful land that he has grown to love. Foreseeing the possibility of the ship’s demise and his death at sea, he is calmed by the thought that death will make time stand still and he will forever be able to enjoy the fragrance of the enchanting islands he had found only by travel through the churning waves of the sea. But… it is at this point the sailor’s mind thought shifts and he supposes of his safe return home. Thoughts of the english mist running through the clearing bring back suppressed memories and he realizes that he loves and misses england, even with its rainy skies and gales. It is now that he grasps the longing for his homeland and, once again, but with re-found devotion, so poignantly refrains…. “for you are beautiful and i have loved you dearly, more dearly than the spoken word can tell. ”

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