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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleSpanish cavalier
Roud No.2684
Collected FromDawes, Eli
LocationSouthrop
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 153
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

A Spanish Cavalier sat beneath the trees,
And on his guitar played a tune dear,
The music so sweet I love to repeat,
And the words I will now sing to you dear.

Chorus

O say love, say, when I am far away,
Sometimes you may think of me, dear,
A bright sunny day will soon fade away,
Believe what I say and be true dear.

Verse 2

I am off to the wars, to the wars I will go,
To fight for my country and you dear,
And if I should fall, on you I will call,
I will call on my country and you dear.

Chorus

Verse 3

When the war is all o'er back I will return,
Yes, to my country and you dear,
But if I am slain you will search for me in vain,
On the battle plain you may find me there, dear.

Chorus

Verse 4

Then say, love, say, when I am far away,
Sometimes you will think of me dear;
A bright sunny day will soon fade away,
So believe what I say and be true dear.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Alfred Williams - 'This song as well known. It is not of great age; I think it is about forty years old. The air is very sweet, and the words deserve to be remembered. The piece is still sung at Southrop by Mr Eli Dawes.'

Note 2

In Verse 3 Line 1 the original text read:

When the war is all over back I will return,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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