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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleSailor and his true love
Roud No.660
Collected FromSawyer, David [Phoebus]
LocationOgbourne St. Andrew
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitlePleasant and delightful
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 466
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

How charming and delightful is the bright summer's morn,
When the hills and the valleys are covered with corn!
When the blackbirds and the thrushes sit in every green tree,
And the lark sings delightful high over the lea!

Verse 2

The sailor and his true love great pleasures do take,
Says the sailor to his true love, 'I must you forsake.
I'm bound for the East Indies, let nothing me detain,
And to you I'll prove true love, till I come back again.'

Verse 3

Oh then she hung on him, crying - 'Jimmy, my dear!'
While down her pale cheeks rolled many a tear -
'Will you go and leave me in sorrow to complain,
Till from the East Indies you come back again?'

Verse 4

He says - 'My lovely fair one, I can no longer stay,
For the ship is at anchor and I must away.
I am bound for the East Indies, whatever will detain,
I'll make you my bride when I return again.'

Verse 5

Gold rings from her finger she instantly drew,
Saying - 'Take these for a token, and more I'll give you.'
The tears from her eyes like rivers they fell -
'May heaven go with you, dear Jimmy, farewell.'
Print Song Lyrics
Alfred Williams - 'If Thyrsis or Daphnius had been substituted for the rather mean sounding 'Jimmy' of the present piece it might have wrought some improvement. But the ballad writers were sometimes very poor artists and blurted out the most unlovely lines and phrases, conscious, I suppose, that no one would deign to waste studious criticism upon them. And if they had thought otherwise, they would have been very deeply affected. David Sawyer.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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