“Off we go sailing on Elizabeth Jean” (Willi O. Ferron)

Our good friend Nancy Israel is on board and when the sniffer dog clears us for departure we will sing the chanty, created for us by Willi O. Ferron (a.k.a Bill Ferron), and cast off for new lands.  We hope you will join us in song and that you all are pursuing your own dreams.

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The sniffer dog checks us in to Chiapas and is the last step to clear us out of Mexico.

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 of the salt?  Or the call of the breeze?

Or perhaps just the smile of a lass 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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4 thoughts on ““Off we go sailing on Elizabeth Jean” (Willi O. Ferron)

  1. Irv

    Wow what a great sea chantry…is there it set to music? During our race yesterday we spoke longingly about your adventures and wondered if you plan to pass through to the Caribbean this year.

  2. Marion

    Captain Lal, your first mate is a true romantic! You’re a lucky gal.

  3. Brought tears to my eyes. Lovely.

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