Immigrant Ship (or 10​,​000 Miles Away)

by Robert Palomo - New Old Sea Shanties & Songs

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Here's the melody from the classic English sea song "10,000 Miles Away" with revised, fruitcake-flaming lyrics inspired by:

“A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
- Dr. Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Sunken States of America

With apologies to the English folk behemoth "Bellowhead" who did such a stellar arrangement using the original lyrics.


My true love she was beautiful,
My true love she was fair;
Her skin was lovely chocolate
And curly was her hair.
And curly was her hair, my friends,
As the big ship left the bay
She said Oh shit! They're taking me
Ten thousand miles away!

And sing - blow the winds high-o,
A-sailing we will go
We'll stay no more on Africa's shore
Just wasting life away, for...
We're off on an Immigrant chain
And we won't be back again
For we're taking a trip
On an Immigrant ship
Ten thousand miles away

Oh warm and sunny was the day
When they dragged her like a keg,
She'd an immigrant band
Around each hand
And another one around each leg.
And another one around each leg, my lads,
As the big ship sailed away,
Now she's chasing dreams of happiness
Ten thousand miles away.


"Immigrants spotted ashore, Cap'n!"
"Where away?"
"Six degrees off the starboard beam, sir!"
"All right, lower a boat! We'll go get us a few."

Now me life seems dull on the African shore
Since they took that girl away
To a land of dreams and happiness
And pros-per-i-tay
Happiness and pros-per-i-tay
And a pretty lass to woo
I'm tellin' yer, Jack, when those men come back
I'll become an Immigrant too


"Ah, just lookit how happy those blighters are!"
"Uhm. Makes ya feel good inside, doesn't it!"


released March 7, 2017
Dr. Ben Carson - fruitcake ideas.
Bellowhead - not coming after me with a cutlass for this.




Robert Palomo - New Old Sea Shanties & Songs Saint Petersburg, Russia

Robert Palomo is an American singer-songwriter based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia where he has lived for 20 years.

A multi-instrumentalist with a passion for acoustic music, he is recording songs he has written over several decades, plus new ones that keep popping up.

His latest project is original maritime folk songs.

His is a different story - do follow along!
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