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The Mermaid
Traditional. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: A lively sea song.
Mermaid
(Trad.)

        A                            D        A
It was Friday mornin’ when we set sail
          D           E                A
And we were not far from the land
                                        D               A
When our captain, he spied a mermaid so fair
        D              E                A
With a glass and a comb in her hand


And the ocean waves to roll
                                   E
And the stormy winds do blow
     A                         D                   A
And we poor sailors go skippin’ on the top
            D              E           A
While the landlubbers lie down below, below, below
            D              E               A
While the landlubbers lie down below


Then up spoke the captain of our gallant ship
And a fine-spoken man was he
This fishy mermaid has warned us of our doom
We shall sink to the bottom of the sea

Then up spoke the mate of our gallant ship
And surly old codger was he
I have a wife in Boston by the sea
And tonight, a widow she will be

Then up spoke the cook of our gallant ship
And a randy old bugger was he
I care much more for my pots and my pans
Than I care for the bottom of the sea

Then three time around spun our gallant ship
And three times ‘round spun she
Then three time around spun our gallant ship
And she sank to the bottom of the sea