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Thread #18360   Message #1215928
Posted By: Joybell
28-Jun-04 - 11:05 PM
Thread Name: Penguin: I Wish, I Wish
Sorry to add to this confusion but I don't think these two are here anywhere and I want to discuss rude songs that are not rude.

1. The Maiden's Prayer (different from the other one)
Collected by John Meredith in 1959 at Gulgong NSW. Australia. Sung by "Cat" McManus who learned it from Alan "Killer" Riley - a truck-driver who got it from a tent-mate in the area of Bourke where they were trapping rabbits. Ref. "Folk Songs of Australia and the men and women who sang them" John Meridith and Hugh Anderson. 1967.


A maiden young and fair was she
Who lived in high society
A soldier brave and bold was he
Who stole of her virginity

And when her apron strings hung low
He chased her through the ice and snow
And now her apron strings don't meet
He passes her by on the street

Her father returning late one night
He found her home without a light
He went straightway up to her room
And found her hanging in the gloom

(2 lines missing)
He took his knife and he cut her down
And on her breast these words he found:

Oh Father, Father dig my grave
Place me beside a garden wall (sic)
And on my grave place a turtle-dove
To show this world I died for love.

2. A Miner Coming Home One Night
From "More Rugby Songs" Sphere Books copyright Harry Morgan 1968. No information on any of the songs.


A miner coming home one night
Found his house without a light
So he went upstairs to bed
And then a thought entered his head

He went into his daughter's room
And found her hanging from a beam (sic)
He took a knife and cut her down
And in her hand this note he found:

"My love is for a bold marine
I always, always think of him
And though he's far across the sea
He never, never thinks of me       (surprise!surprise!)

So all you maidens bear in mind
A good man's love is hard to find
Dig my grave both wide and deep
And rest my weary bones in sleep".

They dug her grave both wide and deep
And laid white lilies at her feet
On her breast a turtle-dove
To signify she died for love.

The tunes for these two songs are identical. I'm aware that they belong with "The Butcher's Boy" too , but Oh! what a tangled web..   Joy