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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMy love is gone
Roud No.466
Collected FromPotter, Henry
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 296
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st April, 1916, p 3, Part 25, No. 4
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I walked out down by the sea shore,
Where the winds blow cold and the billows did roar,
I heard a fair maid make a sorrowful sound,
With the wind and the wave and the water all round.


[Crying], "O my love is gone, he's the lad I adore,
I never, no, never, shall see my love more."

Verse 2

She'd a voice like a nightingale, and skin like a dove,
And the song that she sang was concerning her love;
I asked her to marry me, if that she would please,
But the answer she gave me - "My love's in the seas."


Verse 3

I told her I'd silver, and much gold beside,
And a coach and six horses and with me she could ride -
"No I never will marry, nor be no man's wife,
But be true to my own love as long as I have life."


Verse 4

Then she opened her arms and took a long leap,
From the rock that was high, to the sea that was deep,
Saying - "The shells of the oysters shall make me a bed,
And all the small fish shall swim over my head."


Verse 5

Now every night since, just at eight bells is seen -
When the moon that is white shines on the water that is green -
These two constant lovers, with all their young charms,
Rolling over and over, locked in each others arms.

Print Song Lyrics
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'An old curious song which I give in two versions, not because of any considerable differences of text, but in order to show the singular use of v for w made by many of the singers of folk songs in years past. I mentioned the matter in my introduction to the songs but I had not then seen any printed evidence of what I said. Upon finding the following versions I thought it worthwhile to produce both as an illustration of a peculiar and obsolete practice. First copy obtained of Henry Potter, Standlake, Oxfordshire.'

Note 2

The other song referred to is 'My love's dead' Wt 489 which Williams says he copied from a book.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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