Well, it's all of a fair and a handsome girl She's all in her tender years She fell in love with a sailor boy It's true she loved him well For to go off to sea with him Like she did not now how She longed to see that seaport town Of Canadee-i-o.
So he bargained with the sailor boy All for a piece of gold Straightaway then he led her Down into the hold Sayin', "I'll dress you up in sailor's clothes Your jacket shall be blue You'll see that seaport town Of Canadee-i-o".
Now, when the other sailors heard the news Well, they fell into a rage And with all the ship's company They were willing to engage Sayin', "We'll tie her hands and feet, my boys Overboard we'll throw her She'll never see that seaport town Called Canadee-i-o".
Now, when the captain he heard the news Well, he too fell in rage And with the whole ships' company He was willing to engage Sayin', "She'll stay all in sailor's clothes Her color shall be blue She'll see that seaport town Called Canadee-i-o".
Now, when they come down to Canada Scarcely 'bout half a year She's married this bold captain Who called her his dear She's dressed in silks and satins now She cuts a gallant show Finest of the ladies Down Canadee-i-o.
Come all you fair and tender girls Wheresoever you may bee I'd have you to follow your own true love Whene'er he goes to sea For the sailors prove false to you Well, the captain he might prove true You'll see the honor I have gained By the wearing of the blue.