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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Come list ye, landsmen, all to me, To tell the truth I'm bound— What happened to me by going to sea And the wonders that I found* Shipwrecked I was one sappy rouse And cast all on the shore, So I resolved to take a cruise, The country to explore.
To my ri tol looral loralido,
Ritol looral lay,
To my ri tol lol fol liddle lol de fol,
To my tol looral lay.
Oh, I had not long scurried out,
When close alongside the ocean,
'Twas there that I saw something move,
Like all the earth in motion.
While steering close up alongside
I saw it was a crocodile}
From the end of his nose to the tip of his tail
It measured five hundred mile.
This crocodile I could plainly see
Was none of the common race,
For I had to climb a very high tree
Before I could see his face.
And when he lifted up his jaw,
Perhaps you may think it a lie,
But his back was three miles through the clouds
And his nose near touched the sky.
Oh, up aloft the wind was high, It blew a hard gale from the south}