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The Sweet Kumadee There was a ship sailed from the North Country And the name of the ship was the Sweet Kumadee She was built of the pine and the bay oak tree And she sailed on the Lowlands, Lowlands And she sailed on the Lowlands Low. He hadna been a sailin' a week but barely three When the lookout man he sighted a French gaudie And he said," We'll a' be sent tae the bottom of the sea As we sailed on the etc. Then oot an' spak oor cabin boy, and oot spak he, sayin', "Captain, o captain, what will ye gie tae me If I swim along the side of the French gaudie And sink her in the etc." "It's I will gie ye gowd, an' I will gie ye fee And my eldest dochter your bride for tae be If ye swim aling the side of the French gaudie And sink her etc." The boy bent his back, and awa' swam he He swam till he cam' tae the French gaudie Wi' his instruments aboot him, he started to mak' free Tae sink her in the etc. Some were at the cards, and some were at the dice Four and twenty holes he has pierced in her side Until the salt water, it flashed before their eyes And they sank in the etc. "O captain, o captain, be as good as your word, Ye'll throw me a rope and ye'll pu' me on board Ther gaudie she lies at the bottom of the road She's lying in the etc." "I winna throw a rope, nor pu' ye on board Ye can swim tll ye sink, just as true as me word. Ye can swim till ye sink tae the bottom of the road Ye can sink etc." "Ye'll throw me a rope, and ye'll pu' me frae the sea Or I'll swim to the side o' your Sweet Kumadee And I'll send her tae the bottom like the French Gaudie That's lying in the etc." He's thrown him a rope, and they've pu'd him frae the sea An' he's gi'en tae him the gowd, an' he's gi'en tae him the fee And his eldest dochter his bride for tae be As they sailed on the Lowlands, Lowlands As they sailed on the Lowlands low. From singing of Ewan MacColl Child #286 RG apr96
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