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The Cruel Ship's Carpenter The moon, it was shining on fair Plymouth town, There lived a lovely damsel, her name was Miss Brown. She courted handsome Willie, her darling for to be His trade long and steady, a ship's carpenter was he. It was early one morning before the break of day, A voice came to the window and this to her did say, Saying, "Rise up lovely Mary, and come away with me Before we get married, some friends (pleasures) to see. And he led her through the fields and the valleys oh so deep, 'Til at length lovely Mary began for to weep; Saying,"Willie, handsome Willie, you've led me astray Through the fields and the valleys, my life to betray." "It's true what you say to me, it's just the truth you say For late, late last night I was a-digging your grave, Your grave that is open, and spade standing by And down in the grave your fair body must lie." And he stabbed her, he stabbed her, 'til the red blood did flow And into the grave her fair body he did throw, And he's buried her so neatly and he's covered her so sound Not thinking this murder would ever be found. It was early one morning before the break of day, Over comes the Captain, and this to all did say, "There's murder on shipboard has lately been done Our good ship lies in mourning and cannot sail on. Then up and spoke one sailor, "Indeed 'tis not I," Up and spoke another, "The same I do deny." Then up spoke young Willie to damn, curse and swear "Indeed, sir, not I, sir I'll vow and declare." But as he was a-going and turning around, He spied lovely Mary, she was dressed all in brown, And she's snatched at him, and she's cut him, and she's tore him in three, Saying,"That's for the murder of my baby and me!" From Harmonious Companions, Myers Transcribed from the singing of Mike Waterson Note: Another variant of Banks of Red Roses, Pretty Polly, Rose Connally etc. This one features a ghost with assertiveness training. RG DT #311 Laws P36 RG
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