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The Unfortunate Miss Bailey 

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A captain bold from Halifax Once left his captain quarters
Seduced a maid who hanged herself One morning in her garters

His wicked conscience smitted him He lost his stomach daily
He took to drinking turpentine And thought upon Miss Bailey

Oh! Miss Bailey, unfortunate Miss Bailey
Oh! Miss Bailey, unfortunate Miss Bailey

One night while sleeping on his ship The captain heard a banging
He left his bed and went on deck And saw Miss Bailey hanging

His timepiece stopped at Midnight And his candle burned quite palely
And from the mast a ghost stepped down Behold it was Miss Bailey

Oh! Miss Bailey, unfortunate Miss Bailey
Oh! Miss Bailey, unfortunate Miss Bailey

Away, Miss Bailey, he implored You don't affright me, really
Dear Captain Smith, the ghost replied You've used me ungenteely

The coroner was hard on me Because I acted frailly
The Parson would not bury me, Though I'm a dead Miss Bailey

Oh! Miss Bailey, unfortunate Miss Bailey
Oh! Miss Bailey, unfortunate Miss Bailey

You won't believe me when I say The captain got soft-hearted
He gave the ghost a five-pound note With which she then departed

'Twill bribe the sexton for my grave And so I leave thee gaily
Oh bless you, wicked Captain Smith For rescuing Miss Bailey

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