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False Lady "Abide, abide, true love," she said, "Bide and stay all night, You shall have pleasure in my room With a coal and a candle light, light, With a coal and a candle light" "I won't abide, you false lady, and bide and stay all night, For I have a far better love to enjoy When I go home, than you, you, When I go home, than you" As he stooped over saddle bow To kiss her lips so sweet And with a penknife in her hand She wounded him full deep, deep She wounded him full deep "Why woundest me, you false lady Why woundest me full sore? There's not a doctor in all Scotland Can heal my mortal wound, wound Can heal my mortal wound" She awoke her maids in the morning Just at the break of day Saying, "there's a dead man in my bed chamber I wish he was away, away I wish he was away" Some took him by the lily-white hands And others by the feet They threw him into a very deep well Full fifty fathoms deep, deep Full fifty fathoms deep "Lie there, lie there, you false young man Lie there, lie there, alone And let the one that you love best Think you long a coming home, home Think you long a coming home" Oh then upspoke a pretty little bird Sitting on a tree "An ill death may you die, lady He had no love but thee, thee He had no love but thee" "Come down, come down, you pretty little bird Sit upon my knee For I have a golden cage at home That I will give to thee, thee That I will give to thee" "I won't come down, you false lady And sit upon your knee For you have slain your own true love And I'm sure you would slay me, me And I'm sure you would slay me" "I wish I had my bow to bend My arrow and my string I'd shoot you through the very heart Among the leaves so green, green Among the leaves so green" "Well if you had your bow to bend Your arrow and your string I'd take my wings and away I'd fly You'd ne'er see me again, again You'd ne'er see me again" Child #68 a version of Young Hunting recorded by John and Tony on Dark Ships SOF
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