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The Mermaid


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Twas Friday morn when we set sail
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And we were not far from the land
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When the captain, he spied a lovely mermaid
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With a comb and a glass in her hand

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O the ocean's waves may roll
And the stormy winds will blow
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While we poor sailors go skipping to the top
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And the landlubbers lie down below (below, below)
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And the landlubbers lie down below

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Then up spoke the captain of our gallant ship,
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And a brave old man was he,
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He said, "This fishy mermaid has warned me of our doom:
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We shall sink to the bottom of the sea!"CHORUS

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And up spoke the mate of our gallant ship
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And a well-spoken man was he
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I have me a wife in Salem by the sea
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And tonight she a widow will be CHORUS

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And up spoke the cookie of our gallant ship
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And a red hot cookie was he
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Saying I care much more for my pots and my pans
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Than I do for the bottom of the sea  CHORUS

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Then up spake the cabinboy, of our gallant ship
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A well spoken lad was he
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There's nary a soul in Salem Town
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Who cares a bit for me.  CHORUS

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Then three times around went our gallant ship
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And three times around went she
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Three times around went our gallant ship
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And she sank to the bottom of the sea  CHORUS

The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.