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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleValentine's Day
Roud No.1142
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 731
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Valentine's Day come once a year,
It was early in the morning betime,
When a young man came to my bedside
And he fain would bring me a Valentine.

Verse 2

He took hold of my lily white hand,
And led me in the garden so green,
And what he said there I will freely declare,
For the green leaves are plainly to be seen.

Verse 3

Now this young woman sighs - 'You promised to marry me.
And the very same thing you can't deny.
You said that I should be your own true love,
So don't break my hart and tell a lie.'

Verse 4

'O you might be in distress, my sweet, pretty maid,
But the promise was nothing of mine,
Unless you can tell me the place, where and when,
And the very same hour and the time.'

Verse 5

'O I can tell you where, and I can tell you when,
And the very same hour and the time;
It was underneath my father's red rosy bud,
Just as the clock was striking nine.'

Verse 6

Then he gave consent to marry this poor girl,
Without any further delay,
But, instead of his marrying this poor girl,
He took shipping and boldly sailed away.

Verse 7

'He is gone! He is gone! And the Lord know where.
Perhaps his body may be lying in the cold,
But if ever he return again from sea any more
I'll encourage him for being so bold.'
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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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