These instructions come with a warning.
Beware! She might capture you.
The first thing to do is convince yourself
That mermaid tales are true,
Then take a trip to the ocean,
But some inland lakes will do,
And go alone.
Mermaids are very shy.
Never go unprepared.
You will need to take a supply
Of gifts and music and stories.
Some that the sailors knew.
You can’t deceive a mermaid
A mermaid looks right though you
Mermaids love flowers and spices
But go with a heart that’s true
Scatter the beach with spices
Cover the water with flowers
Play to her on a lute
And wait for hours and hours
She will seduce you if she can
She has powers to hypnotise
She sees your soul in an instant
Never look into her eyes
To capture a mermaid don’t use a net
Never use bindings or ropes
You must sing to her very sweetly
Sing of your dreams and your hopes
Trail your hand in the water
Sing yourself to sleep
As you drift between worlds she will come to you
Rising up from the deep
She will want to hold and touch you
She will love you, if you are wise
Never be overbearing
Just take the mermaids hand
When you walk in your sleep, still dreaming,
She will follow you to the land.