Love Songs

As I was a-walking and a-rambling one day,
I spied a young couple so sweetly did stray;
And one was a fair maid, her beauty shone clear,
And the other was a soldier and a brave grenadier.

Chorus
And they kissed so sweet and comforting as they clung to each other,
They went arm in arm down the lane like sister and brother;
They went arm in arm down the lane till they came to a stream,
“Oh hush,” said the fair maid, “hear the nightingale sing.”

Then out of his knapsack he drew a fine fiddle,
And he played her such a merry tune that she ever did hear;
He played her such a merry tune, caused the valleys to ring,

“Oh hush,” said the fair maid, “hear the nightingale sing.”
And they kissed so sweet and comforting …

“Oh,” said the fair maid, “won’t you marry me?”
“Oh no,” said the soldier, “how ever can that be?
For I’ve a wife at home in my own counter-y,
And she’s the pretty fairest thing that you ever did see.”

And they kissed so sweet and comforting …

“Now I’m off to India for seven long years,
Drinking ale and strong brandy instead of pale beers;
But if ever I return again it will be in the spring,
And we’ll both sit down together love, to hear the nightingale sing.”

And they kissed so sweet and comforting …

The Constant Lovers

Now as I was a-walking down by the sea shore
Where the wind it did whistle and the waves they did roar
There I heard a fair maid make a terrible sound
Like the wind and the waves that did echo all round

Crying “Oh oh oh oh, my love is gone
He’s the youth I adore
He’s gone and I never shall see him no more.”

She’d a voice like a nightingale, skin like a dove
And the song that she sang, it was all about love
I asked her to marry me, marry me please
But the answer she gave: “My love’s drowned in the sea”

Crying “Oh oh oh oh, my love is gone …

I said I had gold and I’d silver beside
On a coach and six horses with me she could ride
She said: “I’ll not marry nor yet prove a wife
I’ll be constant and true all the days I have life”

Crying “Oh oh oh oh, my love is gone …

The she flung her arms wide and she took a great leap
From the cliffs that were high to the billows so deep
Saying: “The rocks of the ocean shall be my death bed
And the shrimps of the sea shall swim over my head”

Crying “Oh oh oh oh, my love is gone …

And now every night at six bells they appear
When the moon it is shining and the stars they are clear
These two constant lovers with all their young charms
Rolling over and over in each other’s arms

Crying “Oh oh oh oh, my love is gone …

Come write me down, ye powers above,
The man that first created love,
For I’ve a diamond in my eye
Where all my hopes and comforts lie,
Where all my hopes and comforts lie.

I’ll give you gold, I’ll 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.

It’s not your gold shall me entice
To leave off pleasures 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’ll prove the same,
For I don’t know but 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 to 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 the very next day
And were married by asking, as I’ve heard say,
So now that girl she is his wife
She will prove his comfort day and night,
She’ll prove his comfort day and night.

So now his sorrow and trouble is past,
His joy and comfort has come at last,
That girl she always did say Nay,
She’ll prove his comfort night and day,
She’ll prove his comfort night and day.

I once had a sweetheart but now I have none,
He’s gone and he’s left me to weep and to mourn,
He’s gone and he’s left me for others to see,
But I’ll soon find another far better than he.

Chorus
Green grow the laurel, soft falls the dew,
Sorry was I love since I parted from you,
But at our next meeting I hope you’ll prove true,
And we’ll join the green laurel and the violet so blue.

He passes my window both early and late,
And the looks that he gives me would make my heart break,
The looks that he gives me a thousand would kill,
Though he hates and detests me I love that lad still.

Green grow the laurel, …

I wrote him a letter in red rosy lines,
He wrote back an answer all twisted and twined,
Saying keep your love letters and I will keep mine,
You write to your love and I’ll write to mine.

Green grow the laurel, …

Now sometimes I wonder why maidens love men,
And sometimes I wonder why young men love them,
But from my knowledge I’ll have you to know,
They all are deceivers, wherever they go.

Green grow the laurel, …

“Fare thee well my dearest dear, fare thee well adieu,
For I must go to sea for the sake of you.
Love have a patient heart, for you must bear the smart,
Since you and I must part my turtle dove”.

“Here’s silver and bright gold, houses and land.
What more can you desire love, don’t complain.
And jewels to your hand, and maids at your command,
But you must think of me when I am gone”.

“Your gold’ll count as dust, when that you have fled,
Your absence proves me lost and strikes me dead.
And when you’re far from home, your servants I’ll have none,
I’d rather live alone than in company.

So nimbly then she dressed, all in man’s attire,
Oh for to go to sea was her heart’s desire.
She’s cut her golden hair, and no mistrust was there,
That she a maiden was all the while.

To Venice we were bound, with our hearts content,
No fear of ship being wrecked away we went.
From London but one day, our ship was cast away,
Which caused our lives to lay in discontent.

Our ship was cast away, misfortune it did frown,
For I did swim to shore, but she was drowned.
She now lies in the deep, in everlasting sleep.
Which causes me to weep for evermore.

Once I had a sweetheart and now I have none,
Once I had a sweetheart and now I have none,
He’s gone and leaved me, he’s gone and leaved me,
He’s gone and leaved me to sorrow and mourn.
Last night in sweet slumbers I dreamed I did see,
Last night in sweet slumbers I dreamed I did see,
My own precious jewel sat smiling by me,
My own precious jewel sat smiling by me

But when I awakened I found it not so,
But when I awakened I found it not so,
My eyes like some fountain with tears overflowed,
My eyes like some fountain with tears overflowed.
I’ve journeyed through England, through France and through Spain,
I’ve journeyed through England, through France and through Spain,
All my life I will venture the watery main,
All my life I will venture the watery main.

Repeat first verse

Our captain cried all hands we sail tomorrow,
Leaving these girls behind in grief and sorrow.
What makes you go abroad, fighting for strangers
When you could stay at home, far from all dangers?

“You courted me a while just to deceive me,
Now my heart you have gained you mean to leave me.”
There’s no belief in men, not my own brother
So girls if you can love, love one another.”

“When I had gold in store you did invite me
And now I’m low and poor you seems to slight me.”
“Dry off your salty tears and leave off weeping,
For happy we shall be at our next meeting.”

“Oh I’ll roll you in my arms, my dearest jewel,
And stay at home with me and don’t be cruel.”
She fell down to the ground like one was dying;
This house was full of grief, sighing and crying.

“Farewell me dearest friends, father and mother,
I am your only child, and I have no brother.
It’s in vain to weep for me for I am going
To where there’s lasting joy with fountains flowing.”

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