minstrel: Song Lyrics

Pendar the Bard pendar at highfiber.com
Fri Oct 24 17:46:04 PDT 1997


CAB wrote:
> 
>                       Song Lyrics                                  11/13/97
> 
> I have a song on a tape of SCA songs that I am trying to find the Lyrics to go
> with it.  I think the title is "Captain Jack".   The first of the song goes
> something like ....
> 
> Oh Jack was a young man when he went to sea,
> Oh young ladies go and kiss him good bye
> He was barely a child of twenty and three
> Oh young ladies go and tell him for me
> He can marry the mermaid and live in the sea....
> 
> Does anyone have these lyrics or know where I can get them?
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Crystal

Hopefully nobody will jump on my case too harshly for this. After all,
I'm not doing it for profit. <sigh> Anyway:

-Pendar
-- 
"The Celtic countries, by the way, are the only places where you
can find peat.  God did this because he knew that the Celts were
the only people who drink so much that they would try to burn
mud."
                                       -P.J. O'Rourke
                                             "Trips to Nowhere"
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			Captain Jack and the Mermaid

						Lyrics & Music: Meg Davis

Captain Jack was a young man when he went to sea.
All the young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
He was barely a child of twenty and three.
Oh, tell him young ladies, go and tell him for me,
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

Well, I loved Captain Jack and his bride I would be.
All the young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
We were soon to be wedded my Jackie and me.
Oh, tell him young ladies, go and tell him for me,
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

But his ship, it had need of a Captain one day.
All the young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
He took charge of the rigging and soon sailed away.
Oh, tell him young ladies, go and tell him for me,
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

When three years had passed and his ship had returned.
All the young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
I went down to the sea for the man I had earned.
Oh, tell him young ladies, go and tell him for me,
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

But my Jacky was not there when I went to see.
All the young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
And this was the tale his crew told to me.
Oh, tell him young ladies, go and tell him for me,
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

It was almost eight bells and Jack has the watch.
He was finning and scaling the fish he had caught.
When out of the sea there arose such a tune
As he had not heard by the light of the moon.
He looked out on the waters and what saw he there,
But a beautiful maiden with gold in her hair.
She had gowns made of seaweed and a crown on her head.
As he stared at the mermaid she quietly said:

"I have followed your ship now for many a mile.
On days the sea laughed with your smile.
And I'll give you my kingdom, eternally
If you'll marry this mermaid that lives in the sea."






Well Jack was in love with the beautiful girl
And he jumped over the side to the watery swirl.
She then took his arm and she led him away
And we searched all those waters till dawn the next day.
We tolled the bell loud, we tolled the bell long
And the looks on our faces was saddened and drawn,
When out of the sea, Jack, he rose like a King
And this is the message he begged us to bring:

"I have love of a lady who lives on the land
But my life with the mermaid is ever so grand.
Would you go to my lady and ask her for me,
May I marry this mermaid that lives in the sea?"
And that was the story I heard from the crew.
My tears, there were many, my choices were few.
I went down to the sea, the ships bell to ring
And this is the song that I was heard to sing:

<Captain Jack was a young man when he went to sea.
All the young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
He was barely a child of twenty and three.
Oh, tell him young ladies, go and tell him for me,
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.>


(The final verse, denoted with <> marks, is the first verse to 'The End of the Tail.")
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				The End of the Tail

						Lyrics: Unknown
						Music: Captain Jack and the Mermaid

Captain Jack was a young man when he went asea.
O my young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
He was barely a child of twenty and three.
O tell him young ladies, go and tell him for me
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

I waited and was faithful when he went to sea
O my young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
For I knew we'd be wedded my Jackie and me.
O tell him young laides, go and tell him for me
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

Captain Jack met a mermaid when he went asea
O my young ladies go and kiss him goodbye.
In the blink of an eye he forgot about me.
O tell him young laides, go and tell him for me
He can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea.

I was less in his eyes than this beautiful maid.
I loved and was true, this was how he repaid.
Then he sent me his crew with a question for me
May I marry this mermaid that lives in the sea?
Hmm...

Now a girl of the land has two legs you can see.
And her treasures between them to find easily.
But a mermaid's a fish from the waist to the ground
And in fish such a treasure has never been found.
So I said "Yes."

So my Jackie has left in the teeth of a gale.
For to marry some sea slug with crabs on her tail.
Now he wails on the rocks for he's found much too late
That the creatures of ocean and land cannot mate.

Captain Jackie's an Asshole, it's easy to see.
All the young ladies tell him piss off and die.
For he left all his gold and his best friend with me.
Oh, tell him young ladies go and tell him for me
He can freeze off his balls in the cold northern sea.
Oh, tell him young ladies go and tell him for me
He can freeze off his balls in the cold northern sea.


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