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Died for Love I wish my baby it was born And smiling on his daddy's knee And I poor girl was in my grave With the long green grass a-growing all over me O grieve, o grieve and I'll tell you why Because that young girl has more gold than I He takes this young girl on his knees And he tells her tales that he won't tell me I wish, I wish, but it's all in vain I wish I was a sweet maid again But a maid again I never shall be Till apples grow on an orange tree Dig me my grave long wide and deep Put a marble stone on my head and feet And on my breast place a white snow dove For to let the world know that I died for love ------------------------------------------------------- recorded by Carthy/Swarbrick on "Prince Heathen" (1969) "It has been suggested that this is a fragment of a much longer ballad but it's really immaterial when what you have stands perfectly well on its own. Taken from the Grainger collection of Lincolnshire songs, from the singing of Joseph Taylor." MJ Note: Isla Cameron sang two initial verses: A poor young farmer courted me He gained my heart and my liberty He gained my heart with a free good will And I must confess that I love him still. I wish, I wish, but it's all in vain I wish I was a maid again But a maid again, that never can be Since that young farmer lay still with me. see also Butcher's Boy There is a Tavern in the Town Waly Waly (Jamie Douglas) Water is Wide tune transcribed by Karen Myers from singing of Isla Cameron MJ, RG
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