The Mermaid

One Friday morn when we set sail
And our ship not far from land,
We there did espy a fair, pretty maid
With a comb and a glass in her hand,
her hand, her hand,
With a comb and a glass in her hand.

And the raging seas did roar, did roar,
And the stormy winds did blow, did blow,
And we jolly sailor boys were up, up aloft,
And the landlubbers all down below,
below, below,
And the landsmen were all down below.

Then up spake the captain of our gallant ship,
And a gallant man was he,
"I have married a wife in fair Portsmouth town
And this night she a widow will be,
will be, will be,
And this night she a widow will be."

And the raging seas did roar, did roar,
And the stormy winds did blow, did blow,
And we jolly sailor boys were up, up aloft,
And the landlubbers all down below,
below, below,
And the landsmen were all down below.
Then next there spake the little cabin boy.
And a fair-haired lad was he,
"I've a father and a mother in fair Portsmouth town
And this night they will weep for me,
for me, for me,
And this night they will weep for me."

And the raging seas did roar, did roar,
And the stormy winds did blow, did blow)
And we jolly sailor boys were up, up aloft,
And the landlubbers all down below,
below, below,
And the landsmen were all down below.

Then three times round went our gallant ship,
And three times round went she,
And for want of a life belt they both went down
As she sunk to the bottom of the sea,
the sea, the sea,
As she sunk to the bottom of the sea.

Anonymous