EDDYSTONE LIGHT

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EDDYSTONE LIGHT
The first lighthouse was built at Eddystone Rocks, a reef south of Plymouth England, in
1698. This song refers to the fourth lighthouse, built by James Smeaton between 1756
and 1759. That lighthouse stood for 127 years. Cracks at the base eventually caused
another to be built. The Smeaton lighthouse was dismantled and rebuilt on Plymouth
Hoe.
My father was the keeper of the Eddystone light
He married a mermaid one fine night
From this union there came three
A porpoise and a porgy and the other one me!
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh, for the life on the rolling sea!
Late one night, I was a-trimming of the glim
While singing a verse from the evening hymn
A voice on the starboard shouted “Ahoy!”
And there was my mother, a-sitting on a buoy.
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh, for the life on the rolling sea!
“Tell me what has become of my children three?”
My mother she did asked of me.
One was exhibited as a talking fish
The other was served on a chafing dish.
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh, for the life on the rolling sea!
Then the phosphorous flashed in her seaweed hair.
I looked again, and me mother wasn’t there
A voice came echoing out from the night
“To Hell with the keeper of the Eddystone Light!”
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh, for the life on the rolling sea!
Yo ho, Yo ho
Yo ho, Yo ho, Yo ho