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John Rally As I walked out one evening clear down by the riverside I overheard a fair maid a-roving down by the Clyde This is a cold and stormy night, these words I heard her say My love is on the ocean wide bound for America John Rally they do call him lives in the town o' Ree He is as nice a young man as e'er my eyes did see My father he hath riches but Rally he is poor Because I loved a sailor they could not me endure My mother took me by the hand and thus to me did say If you be fond of Rally, Oh shun his company If you be fond of Rally, let him leave this countrie For your father says he'll have his life so take advise from me O mother dear, don't be severe where can I send my love My very heart lies in his breast as constant as the dove O daughter dear I'm not severe here is one hundred pounds Send Rally to America for to purchase some ground And when she got the money to Rally she did run "It's for your life this very night my father charged his gun Here is one hundred pounds in gold my mother sent to you Send lover to America and I'll soon follow you" As soon he got the money, next day he sailed away He had not put his foot on board these words to her did say "Here is a token of true love an' we'll break it in two You have my heart and half my ring until I find out you." It was about twelve months after she was walking on the quay Rally he came home again and stole his love away The ship as wrecked, all hands were lost, her father grieved full sore When he found Rally in her arms drowned upon the shore And in her breast these lines were placed and they were wrote with blood Oh cruel was my father that was to shoot my love That this may be a warning to all fair maidens gay Never to let the lad they love sail to America Printed in P. Shuldham-Shaw and E. Lyle The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection vol 1,p 49, version A DT #463 Laws M9 SOF
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