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The Golden Vanity
(Child 286)

There was a gallant ship from the northern counteree,
And the name she went under was the Golden Vanity.
They feared she would be taken by the Turkish enemy

That was cruising in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
That was cruising in the lowlands low.


The first that came on deck was a little cabin boy,
Saying, "Captain what will you give me if the ship I will destroy?"
"Gold I will give you and my daughter for your bride

If you'll sink her in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
If you'll sink her in the lowlands low."


The boy took an auger and overboard went he,
The boy took an auger and swam out in the sea,
He swam till he reached the Turkish enemy

For to sink her in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
For to sink her in the lowlands low.


The boy bored three holes and two of them bored twice
While some of them were playing cards and some were shaking dice
He saw their dark eyes glitter as the water it rolled in,

Now she's sinking in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
Now she's sinking in the lowlands low.


The boy dropped his auger and back swam he,
He swam till he reached the Golden Vanity,
Saying, "Captain pick me up, I am drifting with the tide,

I am drowning in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
I am drowning in the lowlands low."


"O no my boy to pick you up that I never will,
I'll sink you, I'll drown you, I'll do it with a will,
Nor gold will I give you nor my daughter for your bride

But I'll sink you in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
I'll sink you in the lowlands low."


The boy turned around and swam to the other side,
Saying, "Shipmen pick me up, I am drifting with the tide,
Shipmen pick me up, I am drifting with the tide,

I am drowning in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
I am drowning in the lowlands low."


The shipmen picked him up and on the deck he died,
They wrapped him in his cot for it was long and wide,
They wrapped him in his cot and they buried him with the tide

Now he's sinking in the lowlands, lowlands, lowlands,
Now he's sinking in the lowlands low.


 
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