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Merrimac Ferry

O Carry me o'er this red water river
Where my love waits on the western shore
Take me across on the Merrimac Ferry 
For one last embrace ere I go off to war

O Merrimac Ferry won't you please hurry
To carry my love from the eastern shore
The season is warming, the soldiers are must'ring
Soon he'll be gone and he'll hold me no more

The thaw has ended, the robins returning
Nature beckons our entwining hearts
I'll cross once more on the Merrimac Ferry 
Ere my regiment departs

These sweltering summers I swim in the river
And dream of my love's return
I hear from Papa the tales of the battles
Oh how our country does burn

Since I gazed last upon my lovely
Three bloody summers have passed
I lost me a leg and I won me a medal 
Now I return to her at last

I received a letter of my love's homecoming
Hurry Merrimac Ferry to bring him!
Autumn approaches, the water grows choppy
Today is the season's last swim

Early autumn descends on the red water river
Where my love drown'd off the western shore
O Merrimac Ferry carry me to her
So we'll be together forevermore 

November 5, 2016

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