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The Maid on the Shore (trad. Arr. Niamh Parsons)

O it’s of the sea captain who sailed the salt seas
And the moon it shone gentle and clear o
I will die, I will die, the bold Captain did cry
If I can’t have the maiden who walks on the shore
If I can’t have that maid on the shore

So the sailors they got them a very long boat
And it’s off for the shore they did steer o
Saying Ma’am if you please will you enter on board
To view a find cargo of costly ware
To view a fine cargo of ware

It was with much reluctance they got her on board
And the moon it shone gentle and clear o
And she sat herself in the stern of the boat
And it’s off for the ship the bold sailors did steer
And it’s off for the ship they did steer

And when they had drawn along side of the ship
Te captain he spat out his chew o
Saying all of this night you will lie in my arms
And then I’ll hand you back to my jolly young crew
And I’ll hand you right back to my crew

O thank you O thank you this young girl she said
That is just what I’ve been waiting for
For I’ve grown so weary of being a maid
As I walk up and down on the rocky old shore
As I walk up and down on the shore

So she sat herself down in the stern of the ship
And the moon it shone gentle and clear o
And she sang so sweet genteel and complete
She sang sailors and captain right off to sleep
She sang sailors and captain to sleep

And she’ robbed them of silver, she has robbed them of gold
And she’s robbed them of all their fine ware o
And the captain’s gold sword she has taken as an oar
And she’s paddled right back to that rocky old shore
And she’s paddled right back to that shore

O were you men drunk or were you men mad
Or were you sunk deep in despair o
When you let her away with her beauty so gay
And now she’s a maiden once more on the shore
She’s a maiden once more on the shore

No your men were not drunk and your men were not mad
Nor were they sunk deep in despair o
I deluded your crew and likewise yourself too
And once more I’m a maid on that rocky old shore
Once more I’m a maid on the shore.

 

 

 

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