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The Man at the Nore Now my father was the keeper of the Eddystone light And he married a mermaid one fine night From this union there came three Two of them were fishes and the other was me Now when I was but a bit of a slip I was put in charge of the Nore lightship I kept my lamps in very fine style Doing of the work according to Hoyle Oh the raging Nore, the rolling Nore The waves they tumble o'er and o'er There's no such a life to be had on shore As the one that's led by the Man at the Nore Well, one evening as I was a-trimming of the glim Singing a verse from the Evening Hymn I spied by the light of my signal lamp The form of my mother looking awfully damp Just then a voice cried out, Ahoy And there she was just a-sitting on a buoy That's meaning a buoy for the ships that sail And not a boy that's a juvenile male Says I to my mother, Now how do you do And how's my father and my sisters two Says she, It's an orph-i-an you are You've only one sister and you've got no pa Your father was drowned with sever-i-al pals And digested by the cannibals Of your sisters, one was cooked in a dish The other one is kept as a talking fish Well, at that I wept like a soft-eyed scamp My tears, they made the waters damp Says I to my mother, Won't you step within You look so wet, just to dry your skin Says she, I likes the wet, my dear Says I, Let me offer you the cabin chair My mother, she looks at me with a frown It's owing to my nature that I can't sit down Says my mother, Now never you go on shore But always remain the Man at the Nore With that, I caught a glittering scale And that was the end of my mother's tale Now in deference to this maternal wish I can't visit my sister, the talking fish So if you sees her when you gets on shore Give her the regards of the Man at the Nore See also Eddystone Light, The Asteroid Light BR
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