THE MAID ON THE SHORE

picture of Eli Dale

Eli Dale
Portland, Maine

picture of Brett Burnham

Brett Burnham
formerly of Bath, Maine
(now living in Guam)

There is a young maiden; she lives all alone;
She lives all alone on the shore-o;
There's nothing she can find for to comfort her mind
But to roam all alone on the shore, shore, shore
But to roam all alone on the shore.

'Tis of a bold Captain who sailed the salt sea,
Let the winds blow high, blow low;
"I will die, I will die," this bold Captain did cry,
"If I don't have that maid on the shore, shore, shore
If I don't have that maid on the shore."

"I have lots of silver; I have lots of gold;
I have lots of costly ware-o;
I'll divide, I'll divide with my jolly ship's crew
If they'll row me that maid on the shore, shore, shore
If they'll row me that maid on the shore."

After much persuasion they got her on board,
Let the winds blow high, blow low;
They replaced her away in his cabin below;
"Here's adieu to all sorrow and care, care, care
Here's adieu to all sorrow and care."

They replaced her away in his cabin below,
Let the winds blow high, blow low;
She's so pretty, so sweet, so neat and complete,
She sang Captain and sailors to sleep, sleep, sleep
She sang Captain and sailors to sleep.

Then she's robbed him of silver, she's robbed him of gold,
She's robbed him of costly ware-o;
And took his broadsword instead of an oar,
And paddled her way to the shore, shore, shore
And paddled her way to the shore.

"Me men must be crazy, me men must be mad,
Me men must be deep in despair-o;
For to let you away from my cabin so gay,
And to paddle your way to the shore, shore, shore
And to paddle your way to the shore."

"Oh, your men was not crazy, your men was not mad,
Your men was not deep in despair-o;
I deluded your sailors as well as yourself,
I'm a maiden again on the shore, shore, shore
I'm a very rich maid on the shore!"

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