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Posted By: Roberto
26-Aug-03 - 07:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Two Magicians (A. L. Lloyd)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE TWO MAGICIANS (A. L. Lloyd)
Could somebody please help me to complete and correct the text of the ballad Two Magicians as sung by A. L. Lloyd? Thank you. Roberto

This is what I could get:


THE TWO MAGICIANS
As recorded by A. L. Lloyd on the various-artists album "The Bird in the Bush: Traditional Songs of Love and Lust" (1996)

1. The lady stood at her own front door
As straight as a willow wand,
And along there come a husky smith
With a hammer in his hand.

2. And he said: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll pull down your pride.

3. "Well may you dress you, lady fair,
All in your robes of red.
Before tomorrow at this same time,
I'll have your maidenhead."

4. Saying: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll pull down your pride."

5. "Away, away, you coal-black smith.
Would you do me this wrong,
To think to have me maidenhead
That I have kept so long?

6. "I'd rather I was dead and cold
And my body laid in the grave
Than a husky, dusky, coal-black smith
My maidenhead should have."

7. Then the lady, she held up her hand
And swore upon her soul
She never would be the blacksmith's love
For all of a box of gold.

8. And the blacksmith, he held up his hand
And he swore upon the mass:
"I'll have you for my love, my girl,
For the half of that or less."

9. Saying: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll lay down your pride."

10. Then she became a turtle dove
And flew up in the air,
And he became an old cock pigeon
And they flew pair and pair.

11. And he cooed: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll pull down your pride."

12. And she became a little duck
A-floating in the pond,
And he became a pink-necked drake
And chased her round and round,

13. Quacking: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll pull down your pride."

14. She turned herself into a hare
And ran upon the plain,
And he became a greyhound dog
And fetched her back again,

15. Barking: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll pull down your pride."

16. And she became a little ewe sheep
And lay all on the common,
And he became a shaggy old ram
And swiftly fell upon her,

17. Saying: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll lay down your pride."

18. She changed herself to a swift young mare
As dark as the night was black,
And he became a golden saddle
And clung unto her back,

19. Saying: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll pull down your pride."

20. And she became a little green fly
A-flew up in the air,
And he became a hairy spider
And fetched her in his lair,

21. Saying: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love
And that'll pull down your pride."

22. Then she became a hot griddle
And he became a cake,
And every change that poor girl made
The blacksmith was her mate,

23. Saying: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love,
And that'll pull down your pride."

24. She turned herself to a full-dressed ship
A-sailing on the sea,
And he became a captain bold
And on board of her went he,

25. Saying: "Bide, lady, bide.
There's nowhere you can hide.
The husky smith will be your love,
And that'll pull down your pride."

26. So the lady ran in her own bedroom
And changed into a bed,
And he became a green coverlet
And gained her maidenhead.

27. And was she woe, he held her so
And still he bade her bide,
And the husky smith became her love,
And that pulled down her pride.

[Changes made based on comments below.--A Mudelf.]