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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleDisconsolate lover
Roud No.602
Collected FromSawyer, David [Phoebus]
LocationOgbourne St. Andrew
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleCaptain cried all hands
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 440
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 8th January, 1916, p 2, Part 13, No. 13
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

The captain cries - "All hands, and away tomorrow,
Dry up your heavy tears, I must go from you.
Dry up your heavy tears, and leave your weeping,
How happy we shall be at our next meeting."

Verse 2

"How can you go abroad to fight a stranger?
You had better stay at home here, out of danger;
I'll roll you in my arms, my dearest jewel,
So stay at home with me, and don't be cruel."

Verse 3

Down on the ground she fell, like one a-dying,
Spreading her arms abroad, sifing and crying.
"There's no believing man - not my own brother!
So girls, if you can love, love one another."

Verse 4

"Oh mother, don't weep for me, for I am going,
The lad I loved so dear has been my ruin.
He has courted me awhile, just to deceive me,
Now my poor heart is won, he's going to leave me."
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A sweet old song. Written at the time of one of Britain's wars overseas. Obtained of David Sawyer, Ogbourne'

Note 2

Sifing = sighing

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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