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Posted By: Roberto
26-Aug-05 - 03:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cruel Mother (#20, Hedy West)
Subject: Lyr Req: Hedy West's Cruel Mother #20
Please, help me complete and correct this transcription. Thank you. R

The Cruel Mother
Hedy West, Ballads, Topic 12T163, 1967. Collected by Cecil Sharp in North Carolina in 1918.

There was a lady in New York
All alone and loney
She fell in love with her father's clerk
All down by the greenwood sidey

As she was going over the bridge
All alone and loney
She found herself a-growing big
All down by the greenwood sidey

She leaned her back against an oak
All alone and loney
First it bended, then it broke
All down by the greenwood sidey

She leaned herself against a thorn
All alone and loney
There she had two little babes born
All down by the greenwood sidey

She ........ keen and sharp
All alone and loney
She pierced those little babes to the heart
All down by the greenwood sidey

She laid them under a bunch of rue
All alone and loney
She prayed to the Lord they'd never come to
All down by the greenwood sidey

As she was walking cross the porch (?)
All alone and loney
She saw two little babes at play
All down by the greenwood sidey

O babes, O babes, if you were mine
All alone and loney
I'd dress you up in silk so fine
All down by the greenwood sidey

Mother, O mother, when we were thine
All alone and loney
You neither dressed us coarse nor fine
All down by the greenwood sidey

Mother, O mother, ...
All alone and loney
You'all always carry the key to Hell's Gate (?)
All down by the greenwood sidey