There was a ship that sailed all on the Lowland Sea,
And the name of our ship was the Golden Vanity,
And we feared she would be taken,
By the Spanish enemy,
As she sailed in the Lowland, Lowland, low,
As she sailed in the Lowland Sea.
Up stepped the cabin boy, boldly out spoke he,
He said to the captain, "what would you give to me?
If I would swim along side the Spanish enemy,
And sink her in the Lowland, Lowland, low,
And sink her in the Lowland, Sea.”
"Oh, I would give you silver, and I would give you gold,
And my own fairest daughter your bonny bride will be,
If you will swim alongside the Spanish enemy,
And sink her in the Lowland . . .”
Then the boy he made all ready,
And overboard sprang he,
And he swam ‘longside of the Spanish enemy,
With his brace and his auger, he bored holes three,
And he sank her in the Lowland . . .
Then the boy swam back to the cheering of the crew,
But the captain did not heed him,
For his promise he did rue,
And he scorned his poor entreaties, as loudly he did sue,
And he left him in the Lowland . . .
Then the boy swam ‘round to the port side,
Up unto his messmates full bitterly he cried,
"Me messmates, draw me up,
For I'm drifting with the tide,
I'm sinking in the Lowland . . ."
Then his messmates drew him up,
But on the deck he died,
And they stitched him in his hammock,
Which was so fair and wide,
And they lowered him overboard,
And he drifted with the tide,
And he sank in the Lowland . . .
key of C (3:19) live
Jim Hancock – guitar
The Burly Pyrates – Charles Murray, Jen Dawson,
Michael Marzella, Jim Hancock
As performed on the recording:
Jim Hancock and Friends - Blood On The Boards