The Mermaid

Recorded by Makem and Clancy on "The Makem and Clancy Concert"
Traditional

Suggested Key=G

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It was 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 mermaid so fair 
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With a comb and a glass in her hand 

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And the ocean's waves do roll and the stormy winds do blow
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And we poor sailors are skipping to the top 
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While the landlubbers lie down below, below, below 
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While the landlubbers lie down below 

And up spoke the captain of our gallant ship 
And a fine spoken man was he 
Sayin this fishy mermaid has warned me of our doom
We shall sink to the bottom of the sea

Then up spoke the mate of our gallant ship
And fine young lad was he
I have me a wife in Salem by the sea 
And tonight a widow she will be 

And up spoke the cook of our gallant ship 
And a crazy old butcher was he 
Saying I care much more for my pots and my pans 
Than I do for the bottom of the sea 

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

 

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