The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #47914   Message #716749
Posted By: Jacob B
24-May-02 - 11:04 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'How many ships sail in the forest?'
Subject: RE: Lyric Query: ships sail in the forest
There is an answer to the "Tell her to make me a cambric shirt without any needle or needle's work" line. In some versions that is the task the man sets for the woman, and she replies,"Tell him to find an acre of land between the beach and the ocean, plow it with a thistle, sow the entire acre with one seed, and when he brings me the wheat from it I'll have his shirt ready."