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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMeet me by moonlight alone
Roud No.767
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Williams, A: MS collection Bathe Clissold Index Section 6 No longer extant No X 777
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 16th October, 1915, p 2, Part 3, No 7.
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

O weep not, O weep not, dear mother,
O weep not, O weep not, for me,
For I have a sweet story to tell you,
Must be told by the moonlight alone.


Meet me, O meet me by moonlight,
Meet me by moonlight alone,
For I have a sweet story to tell you,
Must be told by the moonlight alone.

Verse 2

O where and O where is my Willie?
O where, and O where can he be?
He's gone to the battle of freedom,
And when shall I see him again?


Verse 3

There's a big ship out on the ocean,
It's loaded with silver and gold,
It belongs to a wealthy man's daughter,
And I'm sure my sweet Willie's on board.


Verse 4

I wish I had wings like an angel,
I wish I had wings like a dove,
I would fly to the arms of my Willie,
To the arms of my bold sailor boy.

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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'A very old composition, possibly the original of another song possessing the same title.'

Note 2

This is from a section of the Bathe Clissold Index which states that it is:

'A list of songs known to have been noted by Williams - vide his own 'List of songs copied' [from his notebooks] - the manuscripts of which are no longer extant. [The original owners of Williams' manuscripts destroyed a number of song texts thinking they were on no use.]

I have continued the numbering sequence adopted by Bathe Clissold to encompass these songs.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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