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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitlePhoebe and her dark eyed sailor
Roud No.265
Collected FromIles, Elijah
LocationInglesham
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 409
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th January, 1916, p 2, Part 16, No. 5
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's of a comely young lady fair,
Who was walking out to take the air;
She met a sailor all on her way,
So she paid attention,
So she paid attention, to all he had to say.

Verse 2

Said William, "Lady, why roam'st alone?
The night is coming, the day's near gone."
She said, while tears from her eyes did fall -
"'Tis my dark eyed sailor,
'Tis my dark eyed sailor, that has proved my downfall."

Verse 3

Says William, "Drive him from off your mind,
Some other sailor as good you'll find.
Love turns aside and soon cold doth grow,
Like a winter's morning,
Like a winter's morning when the land is covered with snow."

Verse 4

These words did Phoebe's fond heart inflame,
She said, "On me you shall play no game."
She drew a dagger and then did cry -
"For my dark eyed sailor,
For my dark eyed sailor, a maid I'll live and die.

Verse 5

It's two long years since he left the land,
He took the gold ring from off my hand;
He broke the token, here's a part with me,
And the other's rolling,
And the other's rolling at the bottom of the sea.

Verse 6

But still," said Phoebe, "I'll not disdain,
A tarry sailor but to treat the same;
So drink his health - here's a piece of coin,
But my dark eyed sailor,
But my dark eyed sailor still claims this heart of mine."

Verse 7

Then half the ring did young William show,
She seemed distracted midst joy and woe -
"Oh welcome William, I've lands and gold,
For my dark eyed sailor,
For my dark eyed sailor, so true and bold."

Verse 8

Then in a village down by the sea,
They joined in wedlock and well agree:
So maids be true when your love's away,
For a cloudy morning,
For a cloudy morning brings forth a sunshiny day.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: MS / WGS: 'A special favourite, both of men and maidens and also loved of the old folks. Words obtained of Elijah Iles, Inglesham, Wiltshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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