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The Golden Vanity: Song Lyrics

December 17, 2005

There was a ship that sailed upon the Lowland Sea
And the name of our ship was the Golden Vanity
And we feared she would be taken by the Turkish enemy
As she sailed upon the Lowland, lowland, low, sailed her on the Lowland Sea.

Then up spoke our cabin boy, and boldly out spoke he
And he said to our captain, “What would you give to me
if I should swim alongside of the Turkish enemy
and sink her in the Lowland, lowland low, and sink her in the Lowland Sea.”

Oh, I will give you silver and I will give you gold
And my own fair daughter your bonny bride to be
If you will swim alongside of the Turkish enemy
and sink them in the Lowland, lowland, low, and sink them in the Lowland Sea.”

Then the boy he made ready, and overboard sprang he,
And he swam alongside of the Turkish enemy
and with his brace and auger in her side he bored holes three,
and sank her in the Lowland, lowland low, he sank her in the Lowland Sea.

Then quickly he swam back to the cheering of the crew
But the captain would not heed him, for his promise he did rue
And he scorned the boy’s entreatings when loudly he did sue
And left him in the Lowland, lowland, low, and left him in the lowland sea.

Then roundabout he turned and he swam to the port side
And up unto his messmates full bitterly he cried,
“Oh, messmates take me up for I’m drifting with the tide
And I’m sinking in the Lowland, lowland, low, sinking in the the lowland sea.”

Then his messmates took him up, but on the deck he died.
And they sewed him in his hammock that was so large and wide
And they lowered him overboard but he drifted with the tide
And sank into the lowland, lowland low, sank into the Lowland Sea.

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