“Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917
Keywords: shanty sailor separation return
Found in: US(MA,SW) Ireland Australia Canada(Mar)


Shanty. Characteristic line: "Leave her, Johnny, leave her... And it's time for us to leave her." Tells of the troubles on the voyage and of what Johnny can hope for as the ship arrives in port. Some versions have a chorus

Cross references



  1. Doerflinger, pp. 89-90, "Time for Us to Leave Her (Leave Her, Johnny)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Bone, pp. 135-136, "Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Colcord, pp. 119-121, "Leave Her, Johnny" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Harlow, pp. 99-100, "Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Hugill, pp. 293-298, "Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her" (5 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 218-221]
  6. Sharp-EFC, II-III, pp.3-4, "Leave Her Johnny" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  7. Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 86-87, "Time to Leave Her" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 46-47, "Leave Her, Jollies, Leave Her" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Sandburg, p. 412, "Leave Her, Bullies, Leave Her" (2 texts, 1 tune; the "A" text, which is this song, is very short; the "B" text is "Across the Western Ocean")
  10. Scott-BoA, pp. 135-137, "Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Greenway-AFP, p. 233, ("Leave Her, Johnny") (1 text)
  12. SHenry H96, p. 96, "It's Time for Us to Leave Her" (1 text, 1 tune -- a fragment, short enough that it could be this or "Across the Western Ocean")
  13. Silber-FSWB, p. 97, "Leave Her, Johnny" (1 text)
  15. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). A fragment called "Tis Time for Us to Leave Her" is in Part 4, 8/4/1917.
  16. Roud #354
  17. BI, Doe089