A Song-story

アーティストShirley & Dolly Collins
作詞Traditional, A. J. Marshall
作曲TRADITIONAL
【A: A Beginning】
(Instrumental)

【B: A Meeting】
As I rode out one May morning
One May morning betimes
I met a maid, from home had strayed
All as the sun did shine

"What makes you rise so soon, my love
Your journey to pursue
Your pretty little feet they tread so neat
Strike off the morning dew"

"I'm off to feed my father's flocks
His young and tender lambs
That over hills and over dales
Lie waiting for their dams"

"But stay, oh stay, you handsome maid
And rest a moment here
For there is none but you alone
That I do love so dear"

"How gloriously the sun doth shine
How lovely is the air
I'd rather rest on my true love's breast
Than any other where"

"Now thou art mine and I am thine
And no man shall uncomfort me
We'll join our hands in wedlock bands
And married we shall be"

【C: A Courtship】
Come write me down, ye powers above
The man that first created love
For I've a diamond in my eye
Where all my joys and comforts lie
Where all my joys and comforts lie

"I'll give you gold, I wiil give you pearl
If you could fancy me, dear girl
Rich costly robes that you shall wear
If you could fancy me, my dear
If you could fancy me, my dear"

"Tis not your gold shall me entice
To leave all pleasure to be a wife
For I don't mean or intend at all
To be at any young man's call
To be at any young man's call"

"Then go your way, you scornful dame
Since you've proved false I will prove the same
'Tis I shall seek, and I shall find
Some other fair maid to my mind
Some other fair maid to my mind"

"Oh, stay, young man, don't be in haste
You seem afraid your time you will waste
Let reason rule your roving mind
And unto you I will prove kind
And unto you I will prove kind"

So to Church they went that very next day
And were married by asking, as I've heard say
And now that girl she is his wife
She'll prove his comfort day and night
She'll prove his comfort day and night

【D: A Denying】
A blacksmith courted me, I loved him dearly
He played upon his pipes both neat and trimly
With his hammer in his hand he strikes so steady
He makes the sparks to fly all round the smithy

I love to watch my love with his hammer swinging
I love to hear it fall on the anvil ringing
The note is loud and clear, the sparks are flying
My love is handsome then, there's no denying

Where is my lover gone with his cheeks like roses
He's gone across those fields gathering primroses
The sun doth shine too bright, it'll burn his beauty
I will go seek my love to do my duty

Strange news has come to town,
strange news is carried
Sad news flies up and down, my love is married
I wish him well though he's my love no longer
And yet I love him still, my blacksmith yonder

What's the promise that you made me
when you lay beside me
You promised you'd marry me and not deny me
It's witness I have none but the Almighty
And he will punish you for slighting of me

I looked in a glass, my head I shaked
To think I loved a lad who was false hearted
I wish him well to do, he does not hear me
I shall not die for love, he need not fear me

【E: A Forsaking】
A captain cried all hands, away tomorrow
Leaving us girls behind in grief and sorrow
"What makes you go abroad, fighting for strangers
When you could stay at home,
and free from dangers"

"I'd roll you in my arms, my dearest jewel
So stay at home with me and don't be cruel"
She fell upon the floor like one that was dying
This house was filled with grief, sighing and crying

"You courted me a while just to deceive me
Now that you've gained my heart you mean
to leave me
For there's no trust in men, not my own brother
So girls, if you would love, love one each other"

"The drums are beating loud, the pipes are playing
I must be on my way, no longer staying
Dry off those brandy tears and leave off weeping
And happy we shall be at our next meeting"

【F: A Dream】
I dreamed a dream the other night
Lowlands, lowlands away, my John
I dreamed a dream the other night
Lowlands away

I dreamed my love came standing by
Lowlands, lowlands away, my John
Came standing close to my bedside
Lowlands away

He's drowning in the lowland sea
Lowlands, lowlands away, my John
And nevermore coming back to me
Lowlands away

He's drowning in the lowlands low
Lowlands, lowlands away, my John
And nevermore shall I him know
Lowlands away

He lies there in the windy lowlands
Lowlands, lowlands away, my John
He lies there in the windy lowlands
Lowlands away

【G: A Leavetaking】
It was pleasant and delightful
On a midsummer's morn
And the green fields and the meadows
Were all covered in corn
And the blackbirds and thrushes
Sang on every green spray
And the larks they sang melodious
At the dawning of the day

And the larks they sang melodious
And the larks they sang melodious
And the larks they sang melodious
At the dawning of the day

Now a sailor and his true love
Were a-walking one day
Said the sailor to his true love

"I am bound far away
I'm bound for the East Indies
Where the load cannons roar
And I'm bound to leave you, Nancy
You're the girl that I adore

"And I'm bound to leave you, Nancy
And I'm bound to leave you, Nancy
And I'm bound to leave you, Nancy
You're the girl that I adore."

Then the ring from off her finger
She instantly drew
Saying, "Take this, dearest William
And my heart will go too"
And as they were embracing
Tears from her eyes fell
Saying, "May I go along with you?"
"Oh no, my love, farewell"

Saying, "May I go along with you?"
Saying, "May I go along with you?"
Saying, "May I go along with you?"
"Oh no, my love, farewell"

"Fare thee well, my dearest Nancy
No longer can I stay
For the topsails are hoisted
And the anchors aweigh
And the ship she lies waiting
For the fast flowing tide
And if ever I return again
I will make you my bride

"And if ever I return again
And if ever I return again
And if ever I return again
I will make you my bride"

【H: An Awakening】
It's fifty-one springtimes since she was a bride
But still you may see her at each Whitsuntide
In a dress of white linen and ribbons of green
As green as her memories of loving

Her feet that were nimble tread carefully now
As gentle a measure as age do allow
Through groves of white blossom,
by fields of young corn
Where once she was pledged to her true love

The fields they are empty, the hedges grow free
No young men to tend them, or pastures go see
They've gone where the forest of oak trees before
Had gone to be wasted in battle

Down from their green farmlands
and from their loved ones
Marched husbands and brothers
and fathers and sons
There's a fine roll of honor
where the maypole once was
And the ladies go dancing at Whitsun

There's a row of straight houses in these latter days
All covering the downs
where the sheep used to graze
There's a field of red poppies,
a wreath from the queen
But the ladies remember at Whitsun
And the ladies go dancing at Whitsun

【I: A New Beginning】
Come you young men, come along
With your music, guns, and songs
Bring your lassies in your hands
For 'tis that which love commands

Then to the maypole haste away
For 'tis now a holiday

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