Pirates for Sail – Mary Ellen Carter

LYRIC
Mary Ellen Carter

She went down last October
In a pouring driving rain
The skipper, he'd been drinking
And the Mate, he felt no pain [The mate, he felt no pain
Too close to Three Mile Rock
And she was dealt her mortal blow
And the Mary Ellen Carter settled low [Settled low]

There were five of us aboard her
When she finally was awash
We worked like hell to save her
All heedless of the cost [Heedlеss of the cost
The groan she gavе as she went down
It caused us to proclaim
"Let the Mary Ellen Carter rise again"

Hey ho!
Rise again, rise again!
Let her name not be lost
To the knowledge of men
Those who loved her best
And were with her 'til the end
Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!

Now, the owners wrote her off;
Not a nickel would be spent
She gave twenty years of service, boys
Then met her sorry end [Met her sorry end
But insurance paid the loss to us
They let her rest below
Then they laughed at us
And said we had to go [had to go]

But we talked of her all winter
Some days around the clock
She's worth a quarter million
Afloat and at the dock [Afloat and at the dock
And with every jar that hit the bar
We swore we would remain
And make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again

Hey ho!
Rise again, rise again! [Rise again!
Let her name not be lost
To the knowledge of men
Those who loved her best
And were with her 'til the end
Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!

All spring, now, we've been with her
On a barge lent by a friend
Three dives a day in hard hat suit
And twice I've had the bends [Twice I've had the bends
Thank God it's only sixty feet
And the currents here are slow
Or I'd never have the strength
To go below [Go below]

But we've patched her rents, stopped her vents
Dogged hatch and porthole down
Put cables to her, 'fore and aft
And girded her around [Girded her around
Tomorrow, noon, we hit the air
And then take up the strain
And make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again

Hey ho!
Rise again, rise again! [Rise again!
Let her name not be lost
To the knowledge of men
Those who loved her best
And were with her 'til the end
Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!

For we couldn't leave her there, you see
To crumble into scale
She'd saved our lives so many times
Oh Living through the gale [Living through the gale
And the laughing, drunken rats
Who left her to a sorry grave
They won't be laughing in another day [Another day]

And you, to whom adversity
Has dealt the final blow
With smiling bastards
Lying to you everywhere you go [Everywhere you go
Turn to, and put out all your strength
Of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again

Hey ho!
Rise again, rise again! [Rise again!
Let her name not be lost
To the knowledge of men
Those who loved her best
And were with her 'til the end
Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again

Rise again, rise again! [Rise again!
Though your heart it be broken
And life about to end
No matter what you've lost
Be it a home, a love, a friend
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!

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