Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me
DESCRIPTION: The singer can't stay, but has no steamship fare. He doesn't like work, his wife controls his home, his sweetheart has left him and crossed the sea. When he dies, don't bother with an undertaker; dump him in the sea with the mermaids.
EARLIEST DATE: 1963 (MJHurt04)
KEYWORDS: love marriage infidelity separation travel death sea work nonballad wife mermaid/man
Mississippi John Hurt, "Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me" (on MJHurt04)
NOTES: Hurt's tune is close to Jimmie Rodger's "Waiting for a Train." On another track someone, probably Richard Spottswood, says "Play the 'Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me' except use all the original words." Hurt answers, before playing "Waiting for a Train," "But I can't yodel." - BS
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