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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMy love's dead
Roud No.466
Collected FromPhillips, Amelia Gingell Mrs.
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleConstant lovers
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 489
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st April, 1916, p 3, Part 25, No. 5
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I vas a-valking down by the seashore,
Vere the vinds and the vaves and the vaters did roar,
Vith the vinds and the vaves and the vaters all round,
I heard a young maid making sorrowful sounds.


Singing - "Oh, oh, my love is dead.
Him I adore. I shall never, no, never see my love more."

Verse 2

She'd a voice light a nightingale, a skin like a dove,
And the song vat she sang it vas all about love;
I asked her to marry myself. Could she please?
But her answer vas, "No! My love's in the seas."


Verse 3

I told her I'd silver and gold too beside,
And a coach and six horses, and vith me she could ride;
"No! I'll never vill marry, nor be any man's vife,
But be true to my love, as long as I have life."


Verse 4

The she stretched forth her arms and gave a great leap,
From the rocks vat vas high, to the sea vat vas deep,
Saying - "The shells of the oysters shall make me a bed,
And the shrimps of the sea shall riggle raggle over my head.'
And the shrimps of the sea shall viggle vaggle over my head.'


Verse 5

Now every night since, just at eight bells is seen -
Ven the moon vat is vite shines on the vaters vat is green,
These two constant lovyers with all their young charms,
Rolling over and over, locked in each other's arms.

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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This version of the above [My love is gone] I copied from an old song book lent to me by Mrs Phillips, Purton, Wiltshire.'

Note 2

In the manuscript many th's and w's are replaced by v's, e.g. Vere the vinds and the vaves, in line 2 of Verse 1. In Verse 5 Line 2 the original text was:

Then the moon etc.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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