The Mermaid.

The Mermaid.

Shantymen

Shantymen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, ’t was on the broad Atlantic, In an equinoctial gale,
That a fine young man fell overboard among the shark and whale,
And he went right down so very quickly,
and so quickly down went he,
That he went out of sight, like a streak of light,
To the bottom of the deep blue sea, singing;

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Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves!
And Britons never, never, never shall be married to a mermaid
At the bottom of the deep blue sea.
Then we got the boats out quickly and thought to find his corpse,
When he came to the top with a bag in his hand,
A hoarse sepulchral voice,
“Oh, my comrades and my messmates all,
Oh, don’t you weep for me
For I’m married to a mermaid at the bottom of the deep blue sea”

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“In my chest you’ll find my twelve-months’ pay,
Wrapped round with a lock of hair,
You may take it and carry it
To my dear wife with care;
You may take it to my grandmother my carte-devisite
Saying don’t you weep for me,
For I’m married to a mermaid at the bottom of the deep blue sea”.

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The anchor was weighed and the sails unfurled
And the ship was running free,
When we went up to our Capitaine
And this we told to he;
Then the Captain he came to the old ship’s side
And oud loud bellowed he,
“Be happy as you can with your wife, my man, at the bottom of the deep blue sea.”

 

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