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Thread #59918   Message #957875
Posted By: Charley Noble
22-May-03 - 04:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: While the Rich Man Rides By in His ...
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE PEARL DIVER
Steve, I like your notes but I still think the refrain quoted by Brian is a match for the chorus of "The Pearl Diver." Maybe the composers or singer you mentioned had a hand in that one too. I've never found a trace of "The Pearl Diver" anywhere in over 50 years and Dennis no longer walks this earth. Here's the rest of that song in the interest of redundency:

Learned from the singing of Dennis Puleston
of Brookhaven, Long Island, NY, in the 1950's.


Rich men who go to Woolworth's
Buying treasures for their girls,
Little dream of all the perils
Of those who dive for pearls.

See the diver in the ocean
Fighting with the oc-to-pus,
While the cruel sharks lie waiting,
Saying: "Here's a meal for us!"

And the rich man drives by
In his car-ri-age and pair,
Little does he care,
Little does he care,
Though the diver cries "Help!"
He heedeth him not
But tells his man in livery
"Drive on at a trot!"

Quickly the lifeboat
Puts out from the shore
But it's too late,
He meets a cruel fate;
And in the shark's inner or-gans
He breaths a last prayer,
While the rich man drives by
In his car-ri-age and pair.

Charley Noble