The Golden Vanity

Lyrics

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, low
That was cruising in the lowlands low

The first that came on deck was a little cabin boy
Saying, 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, low
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, low
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, low
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, low
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, low
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, low
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 both long and wide
They wrapped him in his cot and they buried him with the tide
Now he’s sinking in the lowlands, lowlands, low
Now he’s sinking in the lowlands low

About three weeks later, the weather being fine and clear
A voice came from heaven which smote the captain’s ear
Saying, “Captain you have been very cruel to me
Now I’ll sink you in the lowlands, lowlands, low
Now I’ll sink you in the lowlands low.”

The captain laughed a scornful laugh, an evil man was he
He feared no retribution, so peaceful was the sea
But soon the waves were breaking o’er the Golden Vanity
Now she’s sinking in the lowlands, lowlands, low
Now she’s sinking in the lowlands low

The sailors in their life belts were rescued from the sea
But the wicked captain perished with the Golden Vanity
A giant wave came over and it swept him out to sea
Now he’s sinking in the lowlands, lowlands, low
Now he’s sinking in the lowlands low

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