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i. There was a little ship and she sailed upon the sea, And she went by the name of the Merry Golden Tree, As she sailed upon the lone and the lonesome low, As she sailed upon the lonesome sea.
2. There was another ship and she sailed upon the sea, And she went by the name of the Turkish Robbery, As she sailed upon the lone and lonesome low,
As she sailed upon the lonesome sea.
3.  There was a little sailor unto the captain said: "O Captain, O Captain, what will you give to me If I'll sink them in the lone and lonesome low, If I'll sink them in the lonesome sea ?"
4. "Two hundred dollars I'll give unto thee, And my oldest daughter I'll wed unto thee,
If you'll sink them in the lone and lonesome low, If you'll sink them in the lonesome sea."
5. He bowed upon his breast and away swam he Till he came to the ship of the Turkish Robbery, As she sailed upon the lone and lonesome low, As she sailed upon the lonesome sea.
6.  Then out of his pocket an instrument he drew, And he bored nine holes for to let the water through, As she sailed upon the lone and lonesome low,
As she sailed upon the lonesome sea.
7.  Some had hats and some had caps,
And they tried to stop them awful water gaps,
For they were sinking in the lone and lonesome low,
For they were sinking in the lonesome sea.
8. He bowed upon his breast and back swam he
Till he came to the ship of the Merry Golden Tree, As she sailed upon the lone and lonesome low, As she sailed upon the lonesome sea.
9. "O Captain, O Captain, won't you take me on board ?
O Captain, O Captain, won't you be as good as your word ? For I've sunk them in the lone and lonesome low, For I've sunk them in the lonesome sea."
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