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Thread #57083   Message #3286068
Posted By: Jim Dixon
06-Jan-12 - 02:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Long Years Ago (from Shirley Collins)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Long Years Ago (from Shirley Collins)
LONG YEARS AGO appears on the Shirley Collins 4-CD set "Within Sound" (2002). It is called "traditional."

I transcribed these words from a short sample at Allmusic.com:

...I was young
The flowers bloomed and the birds they sung
A sailor and his lovely bride lay sleeping by the ocean....


I also found a column in Capper's magazine (Nov.-Dec. 2009, page 16) where Ethel McCallie from Nowata, Oklahoma was looking for "an old song from the 1920s or '30s that my grandparents used to sing." The lyrics she quoted were:

It's been six years since I was young.
The flowers bloomed and the birds they sung.
A sailor lad and his lovely bride
Were weeping by the Oceanside.
Tra-la-la-la-la-la.

I wish that I was sleeping too
Beneath the waves in the ocean blue—
My soul to my God and my body to the sea
And the deep blue waves a-rolling over me.


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