An earthly nurse sits and sings
And aye, she sings a lily wean
"And little ken I my bairn's father
Far less the land where he dwells in"
For he came one night to her bed feet
And a grumbly guest I'm sure was he
Saying, "Here am I, thy bairn's father
Although I be not comely"
"I am a man upon the land
I am a silkie on the sea
And when I'm far and far frae land
My home, it is in Sule Skerrie"
And he has ta'en a purse of gold
And he had placed it upon her knee
Saying, "Give to me my little young son
And take thee up thy nurse's fee"
"And it shall come to pass on a summer's day
When the sun shines bright on every stane
I'll come and fetch my little young son
And teach him how to swim the faem"
"And ye shall marry a gunner good
And a right fine gunner I'm sure he'll be
And the very first shot that e'er he shoots
Will kill both my young son and me"