Three Boats

1. I saw three boats come sail­ing in
On Christ­mas Day, on Christ­mas Day,
The sol­diers informed the next of kin
On Christ­mas Day in the morn­ing.

Sons and daugh­ters, fathers and moth­ers,
Friends and lovers, sis­ters and broth­ers.

2. Watch for move­ment, lis­ten for sound
On Christ­mas Day, on Christ­mas Day,
A thou­sand dream­ers left to drown
On Christ­mas Day in the morn­ing.

3. The offi­cers had noth­ing to say
On Christ­mas Day, on Christ­mas Day,
And Europe looked the oth­er way
On Christ­mas Day in the morn­ing.

Mia moja, mia mbili, mia tatu, mia unne,
mia tano, mia sita, mia saba zaï­di,
mia mia taan tha-la-tha, mia arba, mia kham­sa,
mia sita mia saa­ba mia wa ak-thar

One hun­dred, two hun­dred, three hun­dred, four hun­dred,
five hun­dred, six hun­dred, sev­en hun­dred more,
One thou­sand, two thou­sand, three thou­sand, four thou­sand, five thou­sand, six thou­sand, sev­en thou­sand more.

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