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She went down last October in a pouring driving rain

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The skipper he'd been drinking, and the mate he felt no pain

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Too close to Three Mile Rock when she was dealt her mortal blow

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And the Mary Ellen Carter settled low

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There was just us five aboard her when she finally was awash

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We worked like hell to save her, all heedless of the cost

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And the groan she gave as she went down it caused us to proclaim

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We'd make the Mary Ellen Carter 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.

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Rise again, rise again

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That her name not be lost to the knowledge of men

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All those who loved her best and were with her 'til the end

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Will make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again

But we talked of her all winter, some days around the clock She's worth a quarter million floating at the dock And with every jar that hit the bar we swore we would remain And 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 a hardhat 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 pathed 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

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 The won't be laughing in another day... And you, to whom adversity has dealt its 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!


Final Chorus: Rise again, rise again Though your heart it be broken and 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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