I have made up my mind now to be a sailor’s wife,To have a purse full of money and a very easy life,For a clever sailor husband is so seldom at his home,That his wife can spend the dollars with a will that’s all her own,Then I’ll haste to wed a sailor, and send him off to sea,For a life of independence is the pleasant life for me.
The Nantucket Girl’s Song, 1855
(Cartoon from this week’s New Yorker)

I have made up my mind now to be a sailor’s wife,
To have a purse full of money and a very easy life,
For a clever sailor husband is so seldom at his home,
That his wife can spend the dollars with a will that’s all her own,
Then I’ll haste to wed a sailor, and send him off to sea,
For a life of independence is the pleasant life for me.

The Nantucket Girl’s Song, 1855

(Cartoon from this week’s New Yorker)