I live not where I love

from by Phil Edwards

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Come all ye lads who live at a distance
Many a mile from off your love
Come and join me this very instant
For to pass away some time
Singing sweetly and completely
Songs of pleasure and of love
My heart is with her altogether
Though I live not where I love

When I sleep I dream about her
When I wake I find no rest
Every moment thinking of her
Her heart fixed within your breast
Though great distance might lend assistance
From my mind her love to remove
Yet I'll stay constant every instant
Though I live not where I love

The birds shall leave their airy region
The fishes in the air shall fly,
The world shall be of one religion
All living things shall cease to die
All things shall change and seem most strange,
If ever I inconstant prove
Or my love decay in any way
Though I live not where I love

So farewell lads and farewell lasses
Now I think I've made my choice
I'll away to yon green valley
Where I think I hear her voice
If she calls then I will follow
Though the ocean be so wide
For my heart is with her altogether
Thought I live not where I love


from 52 Folk Songs: Green, released March 10, 2012
Phil Edwards: vocal, melodica, recorder, zither, processing

Tune: Sir John Fenwick's




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