The Tale of the Elizabeth Jean: A Sea Chanty

A sailing vessel is not truly complete until a sea chanty captures its magic.   Our good friend Bill Ferron (a.k.a Willi O. Ferron) worked his alchemy to create this chanty.

The Tale of the Elizabeth Jean

A Sea Chanty, Toast and Bon Voyage

by Willi O. Ferron

I’ll tell you the tale of the Elizabeth Jean,

As fine of a sloop as you’ve ever seen,

Her lines are all coiled and her decks are clean,

And the amperes are flowing from her solar machine.

So off we go sailing on the Elizabeth Jean,

We run with the tides, and we’re chasing the breeze,

We count all our blessings (whatever that means),

And thank the Almighty, we’re livin’ our dream.

She’s all in ship shape, and ready to sail,

Out through the Straits, and around Neah Bay,

Past Long Beach, Astoria and Manzanitia too,

‘Til she finds California, no home port will do.

So off we go sailing on the Elizabeth Jean,

We run with the tides, and we’re chasing the breeze,

We count all our blessings (whatever that means),

And thank the Almighty, we’re livin’ our dream.

So why does a man, head off to sea?

It’s been asked o’r the years, but it’s still a mystery,

Is it the smell the salt?  Or the call of the breeze?

Or perhaps just the smile of a las named ‘Lalie.

So off we go sailing on the Elizabeth Jean,

We run with the tides, and we’re chasing the breeze,

We count all our blessings (whatever that means),

And thank the Almighty, we’re livin’ our dream.

And what can you say about good Captain Lal,

She can chart any course, find any port of call,

She’ll take on the waves, and master the crew,

And if you’re out of rum, Irish whiskey will do.

So off we go sailing on the Elizabeth Jean,

We run with the tides, and we’re chasing the breeze,

We count all our blessings (whatever that means),

And thank the Almighty, we’re livin’ our dream.

So as our dear friends head south down the coast,

Pick up your glass and join in this toast,

“Hoist up the mainsail,” “Jibe ho!” “Hard Alee”

Here’s to lovers, and dreamers, Eric and ‘Lalie

So off we go sailing on the Elizabeth Jean,

We run with the tides, and we’re chasing the breeze,

We count all our blessings (whatever that means),

And thank the Almighty, we’re livin’ our dream.

So when you look up at the stars in the sky,

Feel the sun on your back, or salt-spray in your eyes,

Think of the Tale of the Elizabeth Jean,

And remember it’s never too late for your dream.

 

So off we go sailing on the Elizabeth Jean,

We run with the tides, and we’re chasing the breeze,

We count all our blessings (whatever that means),

And thank the Almighty, we’re livin’ our dream.

 

 

 

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  1. SV Aeolus

    Great posts Elizabeth Jean. I take it the winds off NorCal have remained fierce and you’ve been waiting it out. Fair winds on your trip south from Newport. I’m excited to read your next post south of Eureka, wherever that is from. You’re heading south at the right time, it is already cooling here in the Salish Sea and you are about to experience perpetual warmth!

    SV Aeolus
    Brian W.

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