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Cruel Brother There were three sisters lived in a hall Och aye and a lily gay There came a knight and he wooed them all Oh the rose is aye the redder aye Then the first one she was dressed in green Would you fancy me and be my queen And the second one she was dressed in yellow Would you fancy me and be my marrow And the third one she was dressed in red Would you fancy me and be my bride You may seek frae my faither dear And from my mother wha did me bear You may seek me frae my sister Ann And dinna forget my brother John Oh he's sought her frae her father the King And he's sought her frae her mother the Queen And he's sought her frae her sister Ann But he forgot to speak to her brother John And her mother dressed her in her goon And her sister tied the flounces on And her father mounted her on her horse And her brother led her to the course And he's ta'en a blade both long and sharp And he's pierced the bonnie bride to the heart Oh lead me gently up yon hill And there I'll sit and make my will And what will you leave to your father dear The bonnie white stead that brought me here And what will you leave to your mother dear The bloody robes that I do wear And what will you leave to your sister Ann The golden ring frae off my hand And what will you leave to your brother John The gallows tree for to hang him on Note other refrains in Child: Fine flowers in the valley With the light green and the yellow (or With the red the green and the yellow) With a hey ho and a lilie gay And the primrose spreads so sweetly (or As the rose was so sweetly blown) (or And the rose it smells so sweetly) Gilliver, Gentle, and Rosemary Sing oh the rose and the white lily Child #11 recorded by Archie Fisher SOF
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