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Lyr Req: Little Massie Grove (Ruby Plemmons Bowman

Roberto 10 Apr 08 - 12:32 PM
GUEST 16 Apr 13 - 06:09 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE MASSIE GROVE (Ruby Plemmons Bowman
From: Roberto
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 12:32 PM

Ruby Plemmons Bowman, Little Massie Grove, Child #81, Virginia Traditions: Ballads From British Traditions (CD)

Please, help me check this transcription. Two main problems: in the 4th and 10th stanza, I hear "I'm daresn't" to mean "I dare not", but I'd like to be sure; in the 9th stanza, I hear something like "I slayed" to mean "I slew", again, I'd like to be sure. Thanks. R

My high, my high, my high holiday
And the very first day in the year
Little Massie Grove to the church did go
The Gospel for to hear, to hear
The Gospel for to hear

The first one in was a fair lady
And the next one was a girl
And he next one was Lord Arnold's wife
And the fairest of them all, all
And the fairest of them all

Little Massie Grove was standing by
To him she cast an eye
Saying, You must go home with me today
All night in my arms to lie, lie
All night in my arms to lie

Oh no, no, said little Massie Grove
I'm daresn't for my life
For I can tell by the ring that you wear on your hand
That you are Lord Arnold's wife, wife
That you are Lord Arnold's wife

Why should we hold those vows sacred
When he's so far away?
He's gone on top of the King's Mountain
Prince Henry for to see, see
Prince Henry for to see

So they went home, hugging and a-kissing
And then they fell asleep
But when they awoke on the next day's morn
Lord Arnold stood at their feet, feet
Lord Arnold stood at their feet

Saying, How do you like my new coverlid?
And how do you like my sheet?
How do you like my fair young wife
Who lies in your arms and sleeps, sleeps?
Who lies in your arms and sleeps?

Pretty well do I like your new coverlid
Pretty well do I like your sheet
But much better do I like your fair young wife
Who lies in my arms and sleeps, sleeps
Who lies in my arms and sleeps

Rise up, rise up little Massie Grove
Put on your clothes just as quick as you can
It shall never be said in this wide world
That I slayed a naked man, man
That I slayed a naked man

Oh no, no, said little Massie Grove
I'm daresn't for my life
For 'round your waist you have two swords
And me not as much as a knife, knife
And me not as much as a knife

If around my waist I have two swords
And you not as much as a knife
Then you may take the best of them
And then I'll take your life, life
And then I'll take your life

And you may strike the first blow
Now strike it like a man
And I will strike the next blow
And I'll kill you if I can, can
I'll kill you if I can

So Little Massie struck the first blow
It wounded deep and sore
But Lord Arnold struck the next blow
Little Massie couldn't fight no more, more
Little Massie couldn't fight no more

Then he took his lady by the hand
And he sit her on his knee
Saying, which one do you love the best
Little Massie Grove or me, me?
Little Massie Grove or me?

Pretty well do I like your deep blue eyes
Pretty well do I like your chin
But much better did I love little Massie Grove
Than you and all of your kin, kin
Than you and all of your kin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Little Massie Grove (Ruby Plemmons Bowman
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 13 - 06:09 PM

It's: One high, one high, one high holiday.....

And it's: How do you like my new featherbed...(not "coverlid")


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