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Thread #49071   Message #2218339
Posted By: Joe Offer
18-Dec-07 - 03:16 PM
Thread Name: Origin: A-Roving on a Winter's Night (female versn
Subject: DT Correction: A-Rovin' On a Winter's Night
I don't have the Watson Family Tradition recording, but I do have the Oak Songs of Doc Watson songbook, which has lyrics very close to what are in the Digital Tradition. I think I'd trust the songbook over the DT. Here are the lyrics from the songbook:

A-ROVIN' ON A WINTER'S NIGHT
(additional words & music by Dolly Greer and Doc Watson)

A-rovin' on a winter's night,
And a-drinkin' good old wine;
Thinkin' about that pretty little girl,
That broke this heart of mine.

She is just like a butter rose
That blooms in the month of June.
Or like some musical instrument
That's just been lately tuned.

Perhaps it's a trip to some foreign land
A trip to France or Spain.
But if I should go ten thousand miles
I'm a-comin' back again.

And it's who's a-gonna shoe your poor little feet
Who's a-gonna glove your little hands.
Who's a-gonna kiss your sweet little lips
Honey who's a-gonna be your man?

I'll love you till the sea runs dry
And the rocks all melt in the sun.
I'll love you till the day I die
Though you will never be my own.

A-rovin' on a winter's night,
And a-drinkin' good old wine;
Thinkin' about that pretty little girl,
That broke this heart of mine.

Source: The Songs of Doc Watson songbook, Oak Publications


note: A pretty good translation of My Luve Is Like A Red Red Rose
into U.S. country terms. RG

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Notes from Doc Watson:
I think this is a good excuse for me to pick up that Tradition CD, since it has the Dolly Greer recording of the song. Thanks for pointing it out, Roberto. Anybody have the recording?