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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMaid and the sailor
Roud No.264
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 625
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As a pretty young maid in the garden was walking
A brisk young sailor she chanced to see;
He stepped up to her to ask her faour,
Saying - 'Pretty maid, can you fancy me?'

Verse 2

'I have a sweetheart of my own, sir,
And seven long years he's been at sea,
And seven more I will wait for him,
And he'll return again to me.'

Verse 3

'Seven years will make an alteration,
I'm sure he's either dead or drowned;'
'If he's alive I'll love him dearly,
And if he's dead for him I'll mourn.'

Verse 4

He drew his hand out of his bosom,
His fingers were both long and small,
Saying - 'here's the ring we broke between us:'
Soon as she saw she down did fall.

Verse 5

He took her up and clasped her to him,
And gave her kisses by two or three,
Saying - 'I am thy true and simple sailor,
And I'm just returned to marry thee.'
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The file contains a typescript with a note - 'copied from the reverse of 'The Shannon Side' which Williams collected from David Sawyer. So this may be one of his songs, though not noted as such. Shannon side is in the collection as Wt 467

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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