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9.  Mary Ellen Carter:

Words & Music by Stan Rogers

Bill Masino – Lead vocal
Kathleen Mullaly Masino - Harmony vocal
Colin O'Brian - Acoustic Guitar
Bryan Blaylock – Bodhran
Tom Schwark - Mandolin
 
More info. on Stan Rogers 
see Barrett's Privateers on this CD.

 

USS Constitution by Aylward, William James

 Lyrics:
1)  She went down last October 
     in the poring driving rain. 
     The skipper he’s been drinking 
     and the mate he felt no pain.  
     Too close to Three Mile Rock 
     and she was dealt her mortal blow
     And the Marry Ellen Carter sitting low.
 
     There was just us five aboard her 
     when she finally was a-wash.
     We worked like hell to save her 
     all headless of the cost.
     And the groan she gave as she went down
     it caused us to proclaim  
     That the Mary Ellen Carter’d rise again.
 
     Instrumental break
 
2)  Well, the owners wrote her off, 
     not a nickel would they spend.
     "She gave twenty years of service, 
     boys, and met her sorry end.
     but insurance paid the loss to us, 
     so let her rest below",
     They laughed at us and said 
     we’d had to go.
 
     But we talked of her all winter, 
     some days around the clock,
     She’s worth a quarter million, 
     a-floating at the dock.
     And with every jar that hit the bar 
     we swore we would remain
     And watch the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.
 
Refrain: 
Rise again, raise again,
Let her name not be lost 
to the knowledge of men,
For those who loved her best 
and were with her to the end,
We’ll make the Mary Ellen Cater, rise again.
 
3)  All spring, now, we’ve been with her  
     on a barge lent by a friend.
     Three dives a day in a hard hat suit 
     and twice I’ve had the bends.
     Thank God it’s only sixty feet 
     and the currents her are slow
     Or I’d never have the strength to go below.
 
     But we’ve patched her rents, 
     and stopped her vents,
     dogged hatch and porthole down
     Put cables to her ‘for and aft 
     and girded her around
     And tomorrow, noon, we hit the air 
     and then take up the strain
     And watch the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.
 
     Refrain
 
     For we couldn’t leave her there,
     you see, to crumble into scale.
     She’d save our lives so many times,
     living through the gale,
     And the laughing, drunken rats 
     who left her to a sorry grave,
     They won’t be laughing in another day.
 
     And you, to whom adversity 
     has dealt that final blow
     With smiling bastards lying to you
     everywhere you go
     Turn to, and put out all your strength 
     of and heart and brain
     And, like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!
 
(Last refrain only) 2x
Rise again, rise again,
Thou your heart, it be broken, 
your life about to end,
No matter what you’ve lost, 
a home, a love, a friend,
Be like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.
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