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Thread #98805   Message #1962736
Posted By: Peace
09-Feb-07 - 07:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Newfoundland Mermaid song
Subject: Lyr Add: THE MERMAID (Shel Silverstein)
The Mermaid (Great Big Sea)

When I was a lad in a fishin' town,
Me old man said to me:
"You can spend your life, your jolly life,
Just sailin' on the sea.

"You can search the world for pretty girls,
Till your eyes are weak and dim,
But, don't go searchin' for a mermaid, son,
If you don't know how to swim."

'Cause her hair was green as seaweed,
Her skin was blue and pale,
Her face it was a work of art,
I loved that girl with all my heart,
But I only liked the upper part,
I did not like the tail.

I signed on to a sailing ship,
My very first day at sea,
I seen the mermaid in the waves,
A-reachin' out to me.

"Come live with me in the sea," said she,
"Down on the ocean floor;
And I'll show you a million wonderous things
You've never seen before."

So over I jumped and she pulled me down,
Down to her seaweed bed,
And a pillow made of a tortoise shell
She placed beneath my head.

She fed me shrimp and caviar
Upon a silver dish,
From her head to her waist it was just my taste,
But the rest of her was a fish!

'Cause hair was green as seaweed,
Her skin was blue and pale,
Her face it was a work of art,
I loved that girl with all my heart,
But I only liked the upper part,
I did not like the tail.

But then one day she swam away,
So I sang to the clams and the whales:
"Oh, how I miss her seaweed hair
And the silvery glow of her scales."

But then her sister she swam by
And set me heart a-whirl,
'Cause her upper part was an ugly fish
But the bottom part was a girl.

Yes, her hair was green as seaweed,
Her skin was blue and pale,
Her legs they are a work of art,
I love that girl with all my heart,
And I don't give a damn about the upper part,
'Cause that's how I get my tail.

####.... Shel Silverstein, arranged by Great Big Sea (The Hard And The Easy, 2005) ....####