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The Mary Ellen Carter - text

She went down last October
In a pouring, driving rain
The skipper he'd been drinking
And the Mate he felt no pain
Too close to Three Mile Rock
And she was dealt her mortal blow
And the Mary Ellen Carter settled low

There were just us five aboard her
When she finally was awash
We'd worked like hell to save her
All heedless of the cost
And the groan she gave as she went down
It caused us to proclaim
That the Mary Ellen Carter would rise again

Well, the owners wrote her off
Not a nickel would they spend
"She gave twenty years of service, boys
Then met her sorry end
But insurance paid the loss to us
So let her rest below."
Then they laughed at us and said we had to go

But we talked of her all winter
Some days around the clock
She's worth a quarter million, afloat and at the dock
And with every jar that hit the bar
We swore we would remain
And make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again

Rise again, rise again
That her name not be lost to the knowledge of men
All those who loved her best
And were with her till the end
Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!

All spring now, we've been with her
On a barge lent by a friend
Three dives a day in hard-hat suit
And twice I've had the bends
Thank God it's only sixty feet
And the currents here are slow
Or I'd never have the strength to go below

But we've patched her rents, stopped her vents
Dogged hatch and porthole down
Put cables to her fore and aft
And girded her around
Tomorrow noon we hit the air
And then take up the strain
And make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again

Rise again, rise again
That her name not be lost to the knowledge of men
All those who loved her best
And were with her till the end
Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!

For we couldn't leave her there, you see
To crumble into scale
She'd saved 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 the final blow
With smiling bastards lying to you
Everywhere you go
Turn to and put out all your strength
Of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again

Rise again, rise again
Though your heart it be broken
Or life about to end
No matter what you've lost
Be it a home, a love, a friend
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!

Rise again, rise again
Though your heart it be broken
Or life about to end
No matter what you've lost
Be it a home, a love, a friend
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!

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