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Lyr Req: Virginia Variant on The Mermaid

16 Feb 01 - 11:55 PM (#399951)
Subject: Virginia Variant on The Mermaid
From: GUEST,Hoot & Fidget

On the Recording Rolling Down To Old Maui the group Jolly Jack recorded a variant of "The Mermaid" which they called "The Sailor's Song". Attributed to the singing Michael Yates, one of the verses goes like this

Well the first on the deck was the captain of the ship
A fine young captain was he
He's ?????????????????????
We've all done wrong
And we'll sink to the bottom of the sea.

My problem is the line with all the question marks in it. I simply can't figure out what they are saying. Can anyone please help me with this?


17 Feb 01 - 04:27 AM (#400010)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Virginia Variant on The Mermaid
From: Stewie

I see what you mean. To my ears it sounds like 'He's formed a song, we've all done wrong'. But that makes little sense. 'We've all done wrong' is clear enough - it's the bit before that. I hope someone knows what it is.

--Stewie.


20 Feb 01 - 05:09 PM (#402445)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Virginia Variant on The Mermaid
From: GUEST,Hoot & Fidget

Well, does anyone else know anything at all about Michael Yates? Maybe I could get some friends at the Library of Congress to help out with this one.


20 Feb 01 - 10:28 PM (#402654)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Virginia Variant on The Mermaid
From: GUEST,Bruce O.

Michael Yates was an English author of articles on folk songs for the 'Folk Music Journal' of EFDSS. I met him briefly at Cecil Sharp House in 1972.