verse 1 
Just married and the world seemed new. 
It was August 1942 (say a prayer, Maryann) 
He was the Bosun on the cruiser Canberra 
The young woman’s name was Mary Ann. 
Say a prayer for a lonely sailor. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
verse 2 
On the docks there were children waving. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
To the boys of His Majesty’s Navy (say a prayer, Maryann) 
They set sail for the Solomon Islands 
There to fight for an airstrip at Henderson Field. 
Say a prayer for a lonely sailor. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
verse 3 
A rainy night and the wind blew sombre. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
They anchored north of Manamatomba (say a prayer, Maryann) 
Around the point of Savo Island 
Four Jap destroyers* with their eight-inch guns ablaze. 
Not a prayer for the cruiser Canberra. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
verse 4 
I went down to the beach last Sunday. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
Took my nephew for a swim at Manly. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
On a bench among the seagulls 
An old woman sat staring out to sea. 
Say a pray for a lonely sailor. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
Outtro 
Say a pray for a lonely sailor. (say a prayer, Maryann) 
Say a pray for a lonely sailor. (say a prayer, Maryann)