I had the third verse stuck in my head and was inept at working my way either forwards or backwards to figure out the name of the song. It's a folk song, that's all I knew.
And I have shoes for my love's feetAnd then I know that later on there's a verse which goes:
Beaten of the purest gold,
And lined with the velvet soft
To keep my love from cold.
Oh I do love the ship, she said.I can hear my aunt singing those two verses -- she ALWAYS sang every verse, even if the song had thirty or more. The tune is INCREDIBLY familiar and it stuck firmly in my head for hours today. I hummed those verses over and over again, unable to get a hero, a heroine, or a plot to make themselves known in my head.
And I do love the sea.
But woe betide the dim mariners
That nowhere do I see.
Then, all at once the entire song popped fully formed into my head. (But in an interesting twist, it was not THIS version of the song. The one that dropped in to say hello while I was sipping coffee was one of the *145* versions which is the most popular. Bob Dylan sang this version. Pentangle* sang an amazing but different version of this song as well with a oddly upbeat chorus.)
*Edit: Actually it was Steeleye Span who had the upbeat version
Answers on Monday.