A young man longed to travel,
So he signed up to go to sea,
He’d let the world unravel,
By joining the Queen’s Navy.

And away they sailed,
And the globe unveiled,
As they crossed an emerald sea.

He returned with tales of derring-do,
Of exotic foreign lands.
And his sisters all longed to john his crew,
And become true and willing deckhands.

So away they sailed,
Disguised and veiled,
As they crossed those emerald seas.

One by one his sisters fell,
For men they met overseas.
They all jumped ship, as I’ve heard tell,
And wed African, French and Chinese.

Overseas they stayed,
New lives they made,
Across the emerald seas.

Photo: Levent Islek

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