On a summer day while the waves were rippling To the quiet and gentle breeze, A ship set sail with a cargo laden to a port beyond to sea. There were fond farewells, there was a loving signal, While her form was yet discerned. Yet, they knew it not, twas a solemn parting For the ship that never returned. Leader: Did she ever return? Audience: No she never returned. She stayed. All: And her fate is still unlearned (What a pity) (CHORUS) And for years and years, there were fond ones waiting For the ship that never returned. Said a brave lad to his aged mother, “I must cross that deep blue sea. For I hear of a land in a far off country Where there’s health and strength for me.” Twas the gleam of hope in the maze of danger And her heart for her youngest yearn. Yet she sent him off with a smile and a blessing On the ship that never returned. Only one more time said a gallant sailor As he kissed his weeping wife. “Only one more bag of that golden treasure To last us all through life. Then we’ll spend our days in the cozy cottage And enjoy the rest we earned.” But alas poor man, for he sailed Commander On the ship that never returned.