Ten Thousand Miles Away

Voicing: SATB, or TTBB, and piano

Duration: 3' 50"


A traditional shore ballad, possibly based on a song written by the music-hall impresario J. B. Geoghegan (c.1816–1889). It tells the story of a man who wants to sail away to be reunited with his true-love, who has been sent away in chains to Australia.


Sing ho! for a brave and a gallant ship And a fair and favouring breeze,
With a bully crew and a captain too To carry me over the seas,
To carry me over the seas my boys To my true-love far away,
For I'm taking a trip in a government ship Ten thousand miles away.

Ten Thousand Miles Away

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