This song was from Bobby Bare's 1973 "Lullabies, Legends and Lies" where Bobby covered a number of Shel Silverstein's songs. The intro is sung over chords which are held until the next chord. Play a simple walk-up run from the open E, F# and G# on the sixth string to the A chord to begin each verse. Alternate bass notes add a lot as well. The Db chord is played as a partial passing chord sod novices can just use this - (x-x-x-1-2-1) then slide up to the regular open D chord. There are a few chords that are held for emphasis at the end of each verse, but those will be clear to those that are familiar with the song. [Intro] A D A When I was a lad in a fishin' town, an old man said to me D A D A B E "You can spend your life, your jolly life, just sailin' on the sea A D You can search the world for pretty girls 'til your eyes are weak and dim D A E A But don't go swimmin' with a mermaid, son, if you don't know how to swim! [Verse 1] A D A Well, I signed on to a whalin' ship, and my very first day at sea D A D A B E I seen a mermaid in the waves, a-reachin' out to me A D "Come live with me in the sea," said she, "and down on the ocean's floor D A E A I'll show you a million wond'rous things that you've never seen before!" [Verse 2] A D A Over I jumped and she pulled me down, down to her seaweed bed D A D A B E Where a pillow made of tortoise shells, she placed beneath my head A D She fed me shrimps and caviar upon a silver dish D A E A From her head to her waste she was just my taste, but the rest of her was fish! [Chorus] D A And her hair was green as seaweed D A And her skin was blue and pale D A And her face it was a work of art D A And I loved that girl with all of my heart A B Db D But I only loved the upper part A E A I did not love the tail! [Verse 3] A D A Then one day she swam away, and I sang to the clams and the whales D A D A B E How I missed her fins, and her seaweed hair, and the silvery shine of her scales A D Then her sister swam by, and set my heart a-whirl D A E A 'Cuz her upper part was an ugly fish, but the bottom part was GIRL! [Chorus] D A And her toes are pink and rosey D A And her knees are soft and pale D A And her legs they are - a work of art D A And I love that girl with all my heart A B Db D I don't give a damn about the upper part A E A And that's how I end my tale!