The Eddystone Light

Burl Ives

The Eddystone Light By Burl Ives

My father was the keeper of the Eddystone Light
And he slept with a mermaid one fine night
From this union there came three
A porpoise and a porgy and the other was me

Yo, ho, ho, the wind blows free, oh, for a life on the rolling sea

One night while I was a-trimmin’ of the glim
A-singin’ a verse from the evening hymn
A voice from the starboard shouted, “Ahoy!”
And there was my mother a-sittin’ on a buoy

Yo, ho, ho, the wind blows free, oh, for a life on the rolling sea

“Oh, what has become of my children three?”
My mothеr then she asked of mе
“One was exhibited as a talking fish
And the other was served in a chafing dish”

Yo, ho, ho, the wind blows free, oh, for a life on the rolling sea

Then the phosphorus flashed in her seaweed hair
I looked again, and my mother wasn’t there
A voice come a-echoing out through the night:
“To Hell with the keeper of the Eddystone Light!”
Yo, ho, ho, the wind blows free, oh, for a life on the rolling sea



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