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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 616
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I walked out one morn in May,
'Twas by a rolling river,
The small birds sang on every spray,
And pleasant was the weather.
So carelessly as I did stray,
'Twas there I met a lady gay,
She was viewing of the fishes play
Just as the tide was flowing.

Verse 2

I said - 'Good morning to you, my dear!
How came you here so early?
Fain I would kiss your rosy cheeks,
And could I, love them dearly.
I'm a jolly sailor just come from sea
If you'll accept my company,
To walk and view the fishes play,
Just as the tide is flowing.'

Verse 3

She gave consent and on we went,
'Twas hand in hand together,
I told her pretty tales of love,
And pleasant was the weather.
But being weary we sat down
Beneath a tree with branches brown,
What I told her there will ne'er be known
Just as the tide was flowing.

Verse 4

And now this lady she is gone
Jack Tar drinks rum and brandy,
To keep his shipmates in good cheer
This lady's gold is handy.
Now with some other young girl he'll go
To a public house where brandies flow.
Here's a luck to them that will do so
Just as the tide is flowing.
Print Song Lyrics
The file contains a typescript with the title 'Just as the tide was flowing' and a reference - copied from the reverse of 'Poor drunkard'. The title given for the piece there is 'Just as the tide is flowing'.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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