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Thread #57083   Message #3498277
Posted By: Jim Dixon
03-Apr-13 - 10:26 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Long Years Ago (from Shirley Collins)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BRIDE'S LAMENT (from Frank Crumit)
THE BRIDE'S LAMENT
As sung by Frank Crumit on "Vintage Recordings 1926-1938" (originally recorded on Victor 21668, 17-Jul-1928)

1. Long years ago when I was young,
The flowers they bloomed and the birds they sung.
A sailor lad and his lovely bride
Were weeping by the ocean side.
Tra-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la.
A sailor lad and his lovely bride
Were weeping by the ocean side.


2. 'Tis scarce six months since we were wed,
And oh how fast the time has fled,
But we must part at the dawning of the day
When the good ship bears my love away.
Tra-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la.
But we must part at the dawning of the day
When the good ship bears my love away.


3. Long years have passed and he comes no more
To greet his bride on the lonely shore.
The ship went down in the howling of the storm
And the waves engulfed his lifeless form. (etc.)

4. And now he sleeps beneath the sea.
The mermaids there shed tears for me.
The mermaids are at the bottom of the sea,
A-shedding their sad tears for me. (etc.)

5. I would that I were sleeping too
Beneath the waves in the ocean blue,
My soul to my God and my body to the sea,
And the dark blue waves a-rollin' over me. (etc.)