the great silkie lyrics – adria

an earthly nurse sits and sings
and aye she sings of lily-wean
saying “little ken i my bairn’s father
far less the land that he comes from”
so he came one night to her bed feet
and a grumbly guest i’m sure was he
saying “here am i thy bairn’s father
although i be not comely”
and he had taken a purse of gold
and he had placed it on her knee
saying “give to me my little young son
and take thee up thy nurse’s fee
for i am a man upon the land
and i am a silkie on the sea
and when i’m far and far from land
my home it is in sule skerry
for it shall come to p*ss on a summer’s day
when the sun shines bright on every stone
i’ll come and fetch my little young son
and teach him how to swim the foam
and ye shall marry a gunner good
and a right fine gunner i’m sure he’ll be
and the very first shot that ever he shoots
will kill both my young son and me
for i am a man upon the land
and i am a silkie on the sea
and when i’m far and far from land
my home it is in sule skerry”

/ adria lyrics