Pretty little miss out in that garden
Strange young man came a passing by
Down by the gate he did address her
Sayin’ pretty little miss won’t you marry me.
Oh no kind Sir I have a love on the ocean
Seven long years he’s been on the sea
And if he’s gone for seven years longer
No other man shall marry me.
Well he stuck his hand down in his pocket
His fingers they were long and slim
And for the love of such a fair lady
I care not if I sink or swim.
I have six ships out on the ocean
They are loaded to the brim
And for the love for a young lady
I care not if they sink or swim.
Traditional, adapted and arranged by Derroll Adams
(as it appears on the album Portland Town)