From the album Say Yes To Craic

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- traditional music and lyrics, arrangement by Craic in the Stone
- an old piece from Scotland or Ireland, its actual origin has been lost to time

Lyrics

There was a fair maid and she lived all alone

She lived all alone on the shore-o
And all she could find for to comfort her mind

Was to wander alone on the shore, shore, shore

To wander alone on the shore-o

There was a young captain who sailed the salt sea

Let the wind blow high, blow low-o

"I shall die, I shall die," this dear captain did cry

"If I can't have that maid on the shore, shore, shore

If I can't have that maid on the shore-o"

After many persuasions they brought her on board

He seated her down in his chair-o

Saying "First you will lie in my arms all this night,
Then I'll hand you over to my crew-o"
“I’ll hand you over to my crew-o"

"Oh, thank you, oh thank you," this maiden replied,
"That's just what I've been waiting for-o
For I've grown so weary of my maidenhead
As I wandered alone on the shore, shore, shore
As I wandered alone on the shore-o"

"I'll sing you a song," this fair maid did cry

This captain was weeping for joy-o
She sang it so sweet, so soft and completely

She sang captain and sailors to sleep-o
Captain and sailors to sleep-o

She robbed them of silver, she robbed them of gold

She robbed them of costly fine fare-o
The captain's broadsword she used as an oar

To row her way back to the shore, shore, shore

To row her way back to the shore-o

Oh the men, they were mad yet the men they were sad

They were deeply sunk down in despair-o
To see her get away with her beauty so gay

Don’t they wish that they had her once more-o
Don’t they wish that they had her once more-o

And yonder she stands all alone on the strand
A-waving her handkerchief, fair-o
“I sang you to sleep and I robbed you of wealth

Well, again I'm a maid on the shore, shore, shore

Oh, I am the maid on the shore-o"