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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Come, all ye young sailormen, listen to me, I'll sing you a song of the fish of the sea.
Then blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow, We're bound to the southward, so steady she goes!
Oh, first come the whale, the biggest of all; He dumb up aloft and let every sail fall.
And next come the mack'rel with his striped back} He hauled aft the sheets and boarded each tack.
Then come the porpoise with his short snout j He went to the wheel, calling "Ready! About!"
Then come the smelt, the smallest of all;
He jumped to the poop and sung out "Topsail, haul!"
The herring come saying, "I'm the king of the seas, If you want any wind, why, I'll blow you a breeze."

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