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Billy Taylor Billy Taylor was a sailor Full of joy and beauty gay, 'Stead of Billy gettin' married He was pressed and forced away. A* cho: Fol rol lol, de rol lo lie do Fol rol lol, de rol lol lay. But the bride soon followed after B* Under the name of Richard Carr; Snow white fingers long and slender A' covered over wi' pitch and tar. cho: She's buttoned on the sailor's clothing, B* Dressed herself up like a man; Awa' she sailed like a tarry sailor All aboard the Mary Anne. cho: A storm arose upon the ocean, A* She bein' there amang the rest; The wind blew off her silver buttons, There appeared her snow-white breast. cho: "Now," said the captain, "My fair lady, B* What misfortune brought you here?" "I'm in search o' my true lover Whom ye pressed the other year." cho: "Now," said the captain, "My fair lady, B* Come pray tell me what's his name?" "Some folks ca' him Billy Taylor but Willie Taylor is his name." cho: "If Billy Taylor's your true lover, A* He has proved to you untrue; He got married tae another Left ye here alone to rue." cho: "Rise ye early in the mornin', B* Early by the break o' day. There ye'll see young Billy Taylor Walkin' oot wi' his lady gay." cho: She rose early the next mornin' B* Early by the break o' day; There she saw young Billy Taylor Walkin' oot wi' his lady gay. cho: Gun and pistol she's commanded, A* Gun and pistol by her side; She has shot young Billy Taylor Walkin' oot wi' his new-made bride. cho: "Now," says the captain, "My fair lady B* Come pray tell me what you've done." I have shot young Billy Taylor Wi' a double-barreled gun." cho: When the captain did behold her B: And the deed that she has done, He has made her a chief commander Over a ship and a hundred men (or gun). cho: (Note: Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise recorded this for Folk Legacy; they use two variant melodies, Identified here as A* and B*) DT #443 Laws N11 SOF
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