Ballad of the Maytime Mermaids

  1. ’Twas on a love­ly sum­mer night,
    the loch was smooth and calm.
    Three women got into a boat,
    prepar­ing to dis­arm.
    They took an angle grinder,
    some hack­saws and a drill
    and wait­ed for the moment
    when all around was still.

Cho­rus:
Dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
uphold­ing inter­na­tion­al law,
we sail off to dis­arm.

  1. They got a lit­tle ner­vous when
    the engine wouldn’t start.
    Luck­i­ly it came to life
    and so they could depart.
    Ang­ie nav­i­gat­ed,
    slight­ly red and hot,
    but soon they crossed the water
    and reached their cho­sen spot.

Cho­rus:
Dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
to end the threat of nuclear crime
we sail off to dis­arm.

  1. They reached the May­time base,
    no police or guards were there.
    For three long hours they worked away,
    and stripped the whole place bare.
    With the last com­put­er over­board,
    they took a well earned rest,
    had their pic­nic and wait­ed,
    know­ing they’d done their best.

Cho­rus:
Dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
jus­tice will be done,
as we sail off to dis­arm.

  1. Such dan­ger­ous women
    could not be giv­en bail,
    for five long months they lan­guished
    in drea­ry Corn­ton Vale.
    But when at last they came to court,
    judge and jury did agree
    nuclear weapons are ille­gal -
    and they set the women free.

Cho­rus:
Dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
it is not a crime
to peace­ful­ly dis­arm.

  1. And now a strange new habi­tat has formed
    for crea­tures down below.
    Round fax machines and modems,
    the wav­ing weeds do grow.
    The jel­ly­fish are singing,
    the women can take heart
    in trans­form­ing the nuclear mil­i­tary threat,
    at least they’ve made a start.

Cho­rus:
Dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
dis­arm, dis­arm, dis­arm,
trans­form­ing weapons into life,
we peace­ful­ly dis­arm.

Notes

In 1999 Ellen Mox­ley, Ulla Röder and Ang­ie Zel­ter went on to ‘May­time’, an acoustic research barge in Loch Goil, Scot­land and threw over­board com­put­ers and equip­ment relat­ing to the Tri­dent nuclear sub­marines caus­ing £80,000 worth of dam­age. Their defence that they were act­ing to pre­vent the crime of prepa­ra­tions for mass mur­der was accept­ed in court, and the pre­sid­ing judge, Sher­iff Gim­blett, instruct­ed the jury to find them not guilty.

The song is by Camil­la Can­can­ta­ta (www.littleweed-music.org). She also wrote the Wash­ing Line song, No More Shop­ping and the Human Rights Round, among many oth­ers!

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