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Thread #54759   Message #866837
Posted By: MMario
14-Jan-03 - 01:38 PM
Thread Name: Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman

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(from the singing of Charlie Chamberlin)
(Doerflinger - 'Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman' -pp287-288)

It was down in a lone green val-ley
Where the ro-ses bloom and fade,
there lies a jeal-ous lov-er
In love with a bea-ti-ful maid.
One night the moon shoe bright-ly
The stars were shin-ing too,
And to the maid-en's cot-tage
This jeal-ous lov-er drew.

Come love and we will wander
Down where those woods are gay.
While wandering we will ponder
And plan our wedding day.
So arm in arm they wandered,
The night birds sang above.
This jealous lover grew angry
With the beautiful girl he loved.

The night was dark and dreary.
She said I'm afraid to stay.
I've grown so tired and weary,
I must retrace my way.
Retrace your steps? No, never,
For you have met your doom!
So bid farewell forever
To Parents, friends and home.

Down on her knees before him
She pleaded for her life,
But deep within her bosom
He plunged a dreadful knife.
Oh Willie, my poor Willie,
Why have you taken my life?
You know I've always loved you
And wanted to be your wife.

I have never deceived you*
Was her last and dying cry.
I will forgive you Willie
then she closed her eyes and died.

* use second half of melody for last verse.