Lyrics: First verse When breaks the dawn of the day Over the restless sea, then speeds my good ship away Happy my life and free Refrain Down in the deep let me sleep when I die Down in the deep where the sea gems lie Mid coral beds Down ‘neath the waves May I find rest in a sailor's grave May Faithful the stars above Keep watch there so bright, While voices of the sea, Die on the slumbering nigt Well I know I may go, Down, down, far down to the depths below So I pray Night and day: Tho' dark the night or clear, No fear do I feel, Mem'ries of home, so dear, Over my spirit now steal Dreams are o'er, Never more May I be hold My own native shore. So I pray Night and day Refrain I find rest in a sailor's grave. Down in the deep let me sleep when I die Down in the deep where the sea gems lie Down in the deep let me sleep when I die, Down in the deep where the sea gems lie Down in the deep let me sleep when I die
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php