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Thread #101028   Message #2033826
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
23-Apr-07 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sheep Crook and Black Dog (Ewan MacColl)
Subject: Lyr. Add: My Flora and I
There are several forms to this song. The following from Sam Henry:


O, who is so happy, so happy as I,
As I and my Flora, my Flora and I?
I'll go down to my Flora and unto her say,
When will we get married, love, when is the day?

Out comes the fair one, saying, "The day is not come.
Besides, noble shepherd, to wed I'm too young;
I'll go first to service and then I'll return,
And then we'll get married if love carries on."

According to promise, to service she went,
For to wait on this lady it was my intent,
For to wait on this fair one, this fair lady gay,
I call her my Flora and she calls me her ray.

In a month or two after, a letter I sent,
Two or three times for to show her intent,
She sent back an answer; she lived a happy life,
And she'd never intend to be a poor shepherd's wife.

Ye gates and gate stiles, now I bid you adieu,
My bottle and script I bestow unto you,
My hook, crook and whistle to you I'll resign,
Since this inconstant fair one has now changed her mind.

For when I was young I was as red as a rose,
But now I'm as pale as the lily that grows,
Like the green leaves in winter I'm withered and gone;
Do you see what I'm come to by the loving too young?

With score, p. 390. "Sam Henry's Songs of the People," University of Georgia Press. Coll. Maud Houston (Coleraine), (w, m) James Kennedy (formerly Ratheane), learned from an old man in a quarry. Key G.

Other names: The Inconstant Lover, (My) Flora and Me, Sheepcrook and Black Dog, The Unkind Shepherdess, (Young) Florio, The Young Shepherd.