THE MERMAN 4/4 (Brian
I’m a (D)sailorman from (G)Wexford town,
I’ve (D)sailed the seven (A)seas,
I will (D)tell you a true (G)story
Of the (D)sunny southern (G)seas.
We were (D)caught up in the (G)doldrums
While (D)waiting for a (G)breeze
When the (D)stillness of the (G)day was broke
By a (Bm)merman in the (A)deep blue (D)seas.
Well the (G)captain he (D)slept below
While the (G)crew they lay a(D)bout
When (G)down in the (D)ocean, boys
We heard this mighty (G)shout.
His (D)hair was red, his (G)eyes were green,
His (D)beard was floating (G)free
He’d a (D)long green tail that could (G)kill a wale
That (Bm)waggled in the (A)deep blue (D)sea.
An the (D)mermaids looked so (G)beautiful
As they (D)swam around by the (A)shore
But this (D)merman with his (G)fishy tail
I’ve (D)never seen be(G)fore.
And (D)sailors tell the (G)tallest tales
I’ve (D)never told a (G)lie;
He’d a (D)long green tail that could
(G)kill a wale
that (Bm)wobbled as he (A)swam close (D)by.
Was it (D)Neptune that (G)appeared
From his (D)mansions in the (A)deep?
Then the (D)cook O’Toole then he (G)ran below,
Woke the (D)captain from his (G)sleep.
And the (D)captain came on (G)deck at once
Took a (D)look into the (G)deep.
“Oh, I’ve (D)never seen the (G)likes of this!”
The (Bm)merman then he (A)soon did (D)greed.
“Then (G)who are you, where do (D)you come from,
(G)What do you want (D)here?”
Then he (G)shook his tail, it (D)rocked the boat,
It filled our hearts with (G)fear.
“You’ve (D)dropped your anchor (G)on my house,
Its (D)blocking up me (G)door
And my (D)wife, the mermaid, she’s (G)trapped inside
and my (Bm)children can’t get (A)out no (D)more.
Well, we (D)quickly hoisted (G)anchor, boys
And the (D)merman than did (A)smile:
“Sure, me (D)name is Patrick (G)John O’Rourke,
I (D)came from Erin’s (G)isle.
It was (D)many years a(G)go from now,
I was (D)shipwrecked on the (G)reef,
When this (D)pretty mermaid she (G)rescued me,
From the (Bm)perils of the (A)ocean (D)deep.
And we (G)very soon were (D)married,
Way (G)down in the deep blue (D)seas.
Now I’m (G)happy and con(D)tented,
With my wife and fami(G)ly.
Though I (D)oft times wish I (G)could go home
and (D)life on Ireland’s (G)shore.
But I’m co(D)mmitted to the (G)ocean deep
and I (Bm)can’t go home a(A)gain no (D)more.”