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This mermaid wasn't the kind that looked pretty and was a sweetheart - She brought trouble and left men dead and wives at home without husbands. It sounds terrible but the song is rather cheerful; If you can imagine that!

The Mermaid

         G                           C          G
Twas Friday morn when we set sail
             C             D7               G
And we were not far from the land
                                               C              G
When the captain, he spied a lovely mermaid
            C                D7               G
With a comb and a glass in her hand

                       C         G
O the ocean's waves may roll
And the stormy winds will blow
           G                           C                      G
While we poor sailors go skipping to the top
             C                 D7               G
And the landlubbers lie down below (below, below)
              C                D7               G
And the landlubbers lie down below

         G                                          C          G
Then up spoke the captain of our gallant ship,
          C              D7           G
And a brave old man was he,
                                                    C                           G
He said, "This fishy mermaid has warned me of our doom:
              C                D7                   G
We shall sink to the bottom of the sea!"CHORUS

       G                                       C          G
And up spoke the mate of our gallant ship
          C                  D7           G
And a well-spoken man was he
                                C                  G
I have me a wife in Salem by the sea
           C                D7             G
And tonight she a widow will be CHORUS

G                                                C          G
And up spoke the cookie of our gallant ship
          C           D7             G
And a red hot cookie was he
G                                                C                  G
Saying I care much more for my pots and my pans
            C             D7                   G
Than I do for the bottom of the sea  CHORUS

G                                                       C         G
Then up spake the cabinboy, of our gallant ship
   C                  D7         G
A well spoken lad was he
G                                    C      G
There's nary a soul in Salem Town
         C         D7       G  
Who cares a bit for me.  CHORUS

G                                                     C          G
Then three times around went our gallant ship
       C                   D7               G
And three times around went she
G                                             C         G
Three times around went our gallant ship
              C                 D7                   G
And she sank to the bottom of the sea  CHORUS