You Are Drifting Far From Shore


You are drifting far from shore, leaning on an idle oar,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down;
You are drifting with the tide, to the ocean wild and wide,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down.

Refrain:
You are drifting down, drifting down
To the dark and awful sea;
You are drifting down
From a Father’s loving care,
To the blackness of despair,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down.

Lights upon the homeland shore give you warning o’er and o’er,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down;
Soon beyond the harbor bar will your boat be carried far,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down. [Refrain]

Voices from the homeland shore fainter grow, as they implore,
You are drifting, slowly drifting, drifting down;
O my brother, do not wait; heed them ere it be too late,
Ere forever you have drifted, drifted down. [Refrain]