The mermaid

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the mermaid

as I walked out one evening fair
far out of sight of land
I spied a mermaid sitting on a rock
with a comb and a glass in her hand
with a comb and a glass in her hand

combing down her gorse coloured hair
eyes like a pale june sky
Skin shone as white as the ocean spray
her voice wept a seagulls cry
her voice wept a seagulls cry

the song she sang she sang so wild
no answer at all could I make
til at length our ship she blew round about
which made all our poor hearts ache
which made all our poor hearts ache

this mermaid sprang back into the deep 
the winds began to blow
now the hail and the rain was so dark in the air
we'll never see the land no more
no we'll never see the land no more

come take out your loads as fast as you can
truth to you I tell
for this night we all must depart
to heaven or else to hell
to heaven or else to hell

come all you folks thats living on the land
living at home at your ease
try the best that you can your living for to make
never incline to the sea
no never incline to the sea

as I walked out...









































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from Every bird that flies, released March 1, 2016
julie murphy : voice and piano

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julie murphy Swansea, UK

Julie Murphy is a singer songwriter and member of Welsh folk innovators fernhill. She writes songs at the piano at home in the Welsh countryside. Her fourth solo album 'Every bird that flies' is available now

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