Lyrics

Mermaid Parade

The streets were hot as the sun shone bright

The dancers shimmied in bright noon light

There wasn’t one little patch of shade

At the mermaid parade

 

The floats were funky and the grins were grand

As music blared from each marching band

People laughed and their hips all swayed

At the mermaid parade

 

On a sunny day on the road by the sea

Everyone came who happened to be free

Everyone came to get unstaid

At the mermaid parade

 

A preacher preached about greed and sin

And the choir sang in a heavenly din

The people cheered as they gamely prayed

At the mermaid parade

 

The revelers waltzed past the men in blue

Who seemed out of place as they always do

Though they looked quite amused

Their nerves unfrayed

At the mermaid parade

 

O a sunny day on the road by the sea

Everyone smiled with a fulsome glee

They danced they posed

They, hm, sasheyed

At the mermaid parade

 

Dances were danced and songs were sung

Drums were thumped and bells were rung

Grownups laughed as if unafraid

At the mermaid parade

 

Rules were invented and promptly broken

And promises were whispered and loudly spoken

Some games were won and some unplayed

At the mermaid parade

 

On a sunny day on the road by the sea

Everyone suddenly knew they were free

And so they brayed and yayed and heyed

At the mermaid parade

 

No one was heavy, no one was sad

Everyone was light, everyone was glad

Every true heart went unweighed

At the mermaid parade

 

No one was crying

No head was hung

No one was dying

Everyone was young

As if every brow was still ungrayed

At the mermaid parade

 

As if we never learned to trade

As if we never ever got paid

As if great plans were never laid

As if we left our beds unmade

As if we were back in second grade

Before we knew our memory would fade

 

At the mermaid parade

At the mermaid parade

At the mermaid parade

All words and music by Dave Hall ©

Publisher: Row House Music   PRO: ASCAP