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Shanty for the Arethusa

This song is by The Decemberists and appears on the album Her Majesty the Decemberists (2003).

We set to sail on a packet full of spice, rum, and tea-leaves
We've emptied out all the bars and the Bowery hotels
Tell your daughters do not walk the streets alone tonight
Tell your daughters do not walk the streets alone tonight

Tell the tale of the Jewess and the Mandarin Chinese boy
He led her down from her gilded canopy of cloth
And through her blindfold she could make out the figures there before her
And how the air was thick with incense, cardamom, and myrrh

So goodnight, boys, goodnight
Say goodnight, boys, goodnight
La da dum dum...

We set to sail on a clipper that's bound for South Australia
The weather's warm there, the natives dark and nubile
But if you listen, quiet, you can hear the footsteps on the cross-trees
The ghosts of sailors past, their spectral bodies clinging to the shrouds

So goodnight, boys, goodnight
Say goodnight, boys, goodnight
La da dum dum...

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