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The Forsaken Mermaid As I was a walking down by the sea shore, Where the winds and the waves and the billows did roar, There I heard a strange voice make a terrible sound, 'Twas the wind and the waves and the echoes all round, Crying Oh, my lover's gone, He's a youth I adore, He's gone and I never Shall see him no more. She'd a voice like a nightingale, skin like a dove And the song that she sung it waqs all about love I saked her to marry me, marry me, please But the answer she gave, My love's drowned in the sea Crying etc. I told her I'd gold and I'd silver beside In a coach and six horses with me she could ride No I never will marry nor yet make a wife I'll stay constant and true all the time I've got life, Crying etc. She threw out her arms and she took a great leap From the cliffs that were high to the billows so deep, Crying, the rocks of the ocean shall make me a bed And the shrimps of the sea shall swim over my head. Crying, etc. And now every night at six bells they appear When the moon it is shining, the sky it is clear These two constant lovers with all their young charms Rolling over and over in each other's arms. Crying etc. See also I'm Never to Marry (I Never Will Marry) From the Copper Family Song Book RG Apr98
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