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Thread #49885   Message #754993
Posted By: masato sakurai
26-Jul-02 - 11:48 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Turkish Reverie
Subject: Lyr Add: SINKING IN THE LONESOME SEA
Other similar names (not always used as titles) are "The Turkish Reveille," "The Turkish Revelee," "The Turkish Rebilee" and "The Turkish Revoloo," "The Turkish Revelry," "The Turkish Revelrie," "The Kish Rebel Lee," "The Turkish Revelee," "The Turkish Shilveree," and "The Turkish Travelee." All of them, at least those in Bronson, are American. The Carter Family's SINKING IN THE LONESOME SEA (their recording is at the honkingduck site) is also a variant.

There was a little ship and it sailed upon the sea
And she went by the name of the Merry Golden Tree
As she sailed upon the low and lonesome low
As she sailed upon the lonesome sea

There was a little sailor unto his captain said
"Oh, Captain, Captain, what'll you give to me
If I sink them in the low and lonesome low
If I sink them in the lonesome sea?"

"Two hundred dollars I will give unto thee
And my oldest daughter I'll wed unto thee
If you'll sink them in the low and lonesome low
If you'll sink them in the lonesome sea."

He bowed upon his breast and away swam he
Till he came to the ship of the Turkish Revilee
And she sailed upon the low and lonesome low
She sailed upon the lonesome sea

If it wasn't for the love of your daughter and your men
I would do unto you as I did unto them
I would sink you in the low and lonesome low
I would sink you in the lonesome sea

He bowed his head, and down sank he
"Farewell, farewell to the Merry Golden Tree"
For I'm sinking in the low and lonesome low
Foe I'm sinking in the lonesome sea.

~Masato