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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleJust as the tide is flowing
Roud No.1105
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 615
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

One morning in the month of May,
Down by a rolling river,
A jolly sailor he did stray
Where he beheld some lover;
She carelessly along did stray,
Viewing of the daisies gay,
She sweetly sang her roundelay,
Just as the tide was flowing.

Verse 2

Her dress it was as white as milk,
And jewels did adorn her,
Her shoes were of the crimson silk,
Just like some lady of honour.
Her cheeks were red, her eyes were brown,
Her hair in ringlets hanging down,
Her lovely brow without a frown,
Just as the tide was flowing.

Verse 3

I made a bow and said - 'Fair maid,
How came you here so early?
My heart by you it is betrayed,
And I could love you dearly.
I am a sailor come from sea,
If you will accept my company,
To walk and view the fishes play
Just as the tide is flowing.'

Verse 4

No more we said but on our way
We both did gang together,
The small birds sang, the lambs did play,
And pleasant was the weather;
We being weary both sat down
Beneath a tree with branches round,
And what we said will ne'er be known
Not while the tide is flowing.

Verse 5

But as we sat upon the grass
Her colour it kept changing,
At last cried out this lovely lass -
'Ne'er let your mind be ranging.'
She gave me twenty pounds in store,
Saying - 'Meet me when you will there's more,
My jolly sailor I adore.'
Oh! how the tide is flowing.

Verse 6

We both shook hands and off did steer,
Jack Tar drinks rum and brandy,
To keep his shipmates in good cheer
The lady's gold is handy;
Now with some other young girl he'll go
To a public house where brandy flows;
Success to the girl that will do so,
Whene'er the tide is flowing.
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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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