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delphinium Lyr Req: Mistress (Nancy Nicolson) (12) Lyr Add: MISTRESS (Nancy Nicolson) 20 Jul 03

Transcribed from Ed Miller's singing on "At Home with the Exiles" - some words may be wrong, especially the ones I've put in italics.

(Nancy Nicolson)

   Her eyes are dark, her breast is deep,
   That steals a wedded woman's sleep,
   That tempts good men into her keep,
   And will not let them free.
   The moon upon her shoulder gleams,
   A siren o'er the ocean's treams,
   Who whispers in a seaman's dreams,
   No mistress have but me.

My father was a skeely skipper, kind as he was brave,
He claimed his friends the tide and wind, a brother was the wave,
And his vessel she was clinker built, stout and strong and sound,
But they were taken by the sea no man nor boat was found.

   Her eyes are dark ...

My brother joined a merchant man, to trade for foreign lands,
He smiled and said "don't worry", as my mother wrung her hands,
But in shorter than a twelve month, she wrung her handkerchief,
For her Billy was washed overboard ta'en by the brazen sea.

   Her eyes are dark ...

Well I wouldna' court a sailor lad, a welder is my man,
But he's going to the oil rigs, and here an' greet I stand,
For I see an ancient omen, a sign o' dule and care,
I see the new moon sae there with the old moon in her arms.

   Her eyes are dark ...

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