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JWB Origin: Rule Britannia/Married to a Mermaid (53* d) RE: Rule Britannia/Married to Mermaid 29 May 07

I know a version of Married to a Mermaid with a different set of words for the Rule Brittania chorus. But it seems to be Brit slang. I've not seen the words in writing (they don't appear in any of the versions in the DT or the Forum). Would one of you proper English blokes please translate?

Here's the chorus as I heard in on the LP (now gone from my shelf, for some reason -- it's Tom Goux and Jacek Sulanowki's recording of sea music titled "Born of Another Time"):

Rule Brittania, two tanners make a bob.
Five make two and six and one for his knob.

With the album is a nice set of liner notes, but until I locate the LP I can't check those either. What I need is a librarian to help me keep track of things.

I appreciate any assistance you can render.


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