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Thread #44435   Message #1945040
Posted By: GUEST,starkey
22-Jan-07 - 10:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Annan Waters
Subject: Lyr Add: ANNAN WATER
Oh, Annan water's wondrous deep.
And my love Anne is wondrous bonnie.
I'm loathe for her to wet her feet.
Because I love her best of any.
Go saddle for me the bonnie grey mare,
Go saddle her and make her ready.
For I must cross the stream tonight
Or never more to see my lady.

He's ridden over field and fen
O'er moor and mess and many's the mire.
But the spurs of steel were sore to bite.
Sparks from the mare's hooves flew like fire.
Oh, the mare flew over moor and mess,
And when she reached the Annan waters
She couldn't have ridden a furlong more,
Had a thousand whips been laid upon her.

(Chorus)
Oh, woe betide you, Annan waters,
By night you are a gloomy river.
And over you I'll build a bridge
That never more true love can sever.

Oh boatman, put off your boat.
Put off your boat for gold and money.
For I must cross the stream tonight
Or never more to see my lady.
The banks were steep, the waters deep.
From brim to brae the water's pouring,
And the bonnie grey mare she sweats for fear.
She stands to hear the water roaring.

And he has tried to cross the stream.
(And he has?) swum both strong and steady.
But the water's deep and strength did fail.
And never more he'll see his lady.
Oh, woe betide the willow wand.
And woe betide the bush and briar.
They broke beneath my true love's hand
When strength did fail and limbs did tire.

Oh, woe betide you Annan waters,
By night you are a gloomy river.
And over you I'll build a bridge
That never more true love can sever.

And never more
True love can sever

And never more etc.