One Ship Drives East


(American folk tune, Lyrics by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919)

One ship drives east and one ship drives west,
By the south-same winds that blow.
Yet the set of the sails and not the gale
The set of the sails and not the gale
Determines the way-i-aye-i-aye,
That determines the way she goes.

See also

  • Subject: ships
  • Meter: 6/8
  • Rhythm: ties
  • Scale: major
  • Source: Folk Songs out of Wisconsin, Harry B. Peters, The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, © 1977
  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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