#01542
Mermaid (The Sharecroppers) MIDI, videos
#1642: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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

And the ocean waves do roll, (do roll)
And the stormy winds do blow; (do blow)
And we poor sailors are skipping at the top,
While the landlubbers lie down below, (below, below)
While the landlubbers lie down below.

Then up spoke the captain of our gallant ship,
And a fine old man was he,
"This fishy mermaid has warned me of our doom,
We shall sink to the bottom of the sea."

And the ocean waves do roll, (do roll)
And the stormy winds do blow; (do blow)
And we poor sailors are skipping at the top,
While the landlubbers lie down below, (below, below)
While the landlubbers lie down below.

Then up spoke the mate of our gallant ship,
And a fine-spoken man was he, saying,
"I have a wife in Brooklyn by the sea,
And tonight a widow she will be."

And the ocean waves do roll, (do roll)
And the stormy winds do blow; (do blow)
And we poor sailors are skipping at the top,
While the landlubbers lie down below, (below, below)
While the landlubbers lie down below.

Then up spoke the cook of our gallant ship,
And a greasy old butcher was he, saying,
"I care much more for my pots and me pans,
Than I do for the bottom of the sea."

And the ocean waves do roll, (do roll)
And the stormy winds do blow; (do blow)
And we poor sailors are skipping at the top,
While the landlubbers lie down below, (below, below)
While the landlubbers lie down below.

Then three times 'round spun our gallant ship,
And three times 'round spun she;
Three times 'round spun our gallant ship,
And she sank to the bottom of the sea.

And the ocean waves do roll, (do roll)
And the stormy winds do blow; (do blow)
And we poor sailors are skipping at the top,
While the landlubbers lie down below, (below, below)
While the landlubbers lie down below, (below, below)
While the landlubbers lie down below.

####.... Variant of an 18th-century British traditional ballad, The Mermaid [Child ballad #289] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965). Also known as Waves On The Sea and The Wrecked Ship ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by The Sharecroppers of Pasadena, NL (Natural, trk#12, 1993, Ibycus Music, St John's NL, independent distribution).

See more songs by The Sharecroppers.

Additional verses have been published in other traditional variants; for example:

Then up spoke the cabin boy of our gallant ship,
And a dirty little brat was he, saying,
"I have friends in Boston town,
That don't care a ha' penny for me."

See more Child Ballad variants from NFLD.

The video below features an excellent performance of a variant by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.

#1536: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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