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Thread #4378   Message #23794
Posted By: Tim Jaques
14-Mar-98 - 06:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: If I Was a Blackbird (from Silly Wizard)
Subject: Lyr Add: IF I WAS A BLACKBIRD
Doyle's lyrics are slightly different than those in the database, in that it is a woman who is seeking after her sailor love.

Here is Doyle's version, from her CD "Forerunner":


I once knew a maiden, a maiden so rare
Fell in love with a sailor, a young sailor boy
He courted her truly by night and by day
Til at length that young sailor he sailed far away.

And if I was a blackbird who could whistle and sing
I'd follow the ship that my true love sails on
And in the top rigging I'd there build my nest
To fly like a seagull to his lily white breast.

My love he is handsome in every degree
My parents despise him because he loves me
But let them despise him and say what they will
While there is life in my bosom I'll love that boy still.

(Chorus again)

And if I was a scholar who could handle a pen
A long loving letter unto him I'd send
I'd tell of my sorrows, my griefs and my woes
If I could but find him I'd crown him with gold

(Chorus again, last line repeated twice)