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Roseberry Lane It's once I was a serving girl in Roseberry Lane I had a kind master, my mistress was the same Till one day a sailor lad came into port, you see And that was the beginning of my misery Home, dearie home, oh it's home I want to be Home far away in my own country Where the oak and the ash and the bonnie elm tree They're all growing green in my own country He called for a candle to light him up tae bed And likewise for a handkerchief to tie around his head Tae tie around his head as the sailors often do Saying, "Now my pretty fair maid, will you come to?" Now Maggie was a young girl and she thought it was nae harm Tae jump intae bed for to keep the sailor warm And what they did there, no one shall ever hear But she wished that short night it had lasted for a year Now early in the morning the sailor he arose And intae Maggie's apron a bag o' gold he throws Saying, "Take this my bonnie lassie, for the harm that I have done For this night I fear I've left you wi' a daughter or a son. "Well if it is a girl child ye'll send her out tae nurse Wi' gold all in your pocket and silver in your purse And if it be's a boy child he'll wear the jacket blue And court the bonnie lassies like his daddy used tae do." DT #319 Laws K43 printed in Scottish Folksinger SOF
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