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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAmerican stranger
Roud No.987
Collected FromUnknown
LocationUnknown
CountyUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleGreen mossy banks of the Lea
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 585
Source SecondaryMorrison, Jean: Wiltshire folk songs, 1981
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When first in this country a stranger
Curiosity caused me to roam,
In Europe I resolved to be a ranger
When I left Philadelphia my home;
Then I quickly sailed over to England
Where forms of great beauty did shine,
'Twas there I beheld a fair damsel
And I wished in my heart she were mine.

Verse 2

One morning I carelessly rambled
Where the great gushing waters did flow,
'Twas down by a clear crystal river,
Not knowing where else for to go;
It was there I espied a fair creature -
Some goddess she looked to be;
And she rose from the brink by the river
On the green, mossy banks of the Lea.

Verse 3

I stepped up and wished her good morning,
Her fair cheeks they blushed like a rose,
Said I: 'The green meadows are charming.
Your guardian I'll be if you choose.'
But she said: 'I want never a guardian.
Young man! You're a stranger to me.
And yonder my father is coming
On the green, mossy banks of the Lea.
 
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Notes
Other versions take the story beyond the three verses here.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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