(Traditional 17th Century - arr. Oysterband)
Guitar & Vocals - Glyn Collinson

Guitar - Rowena Gee

Recorded in Bowie, Maryland, June


Glyn Collinson
Posted 05/08/2010 - 12:10

This is a cheery (but I think very pretty) traditional folk British folk song which I learned from the Oysterband. It's known throughout England and Scotland, and dates back to the 17th Century. This is a live version recorded in my friend Jim's Living room with Ro and Myself back on Waterfront's tour in June.


I once loved a lass, loved her so well
That I hated all others who spoke of her ill
But now she's rewarded me well for my love
For she's gone to be wed to another

On the day of the wedding, to the church she did go,
And the brides and the bridesmaids made a fine show,
And I followed after with my heart full of woe,
To see her get wed to another.

The parson that married them, loud did he cry
"All those that forbid it, I'd have you stand nigh"
And I thought to myself, I've a good reason why,
But I had not the heart to forbid it.

Dig me a grave, dig it long, wide and deep,
and cover it over with flowers so sweet.
So that I may lie down there to take a long sleep,
Maybe in time I'll forget her

The men of the forrest asked it of me,
"How many strawberries grow in the salt sea?"
and I answered them back with a tear in my eye,
"How many ships sail in the forest?"


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