When a man's in love

from by Phil Edwards

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When a man's in love he feels no cold, like me not long ago,
Like a hero bold, to see my love I set off through the frost and snow.
The moon did gently give her light along the dreary way,
Till I arrived at that sweet spot where all my treasures lay.

I rapped at my love's window saying my dear are you within?
And slowly, she undid the latch and slyly I stepped in.
Her hands were soft, her breath was sweet, her tongue did gently glide,
I stole a kiss from her ruby lips and her colours all did fade.

"Oh take me to your chamber love, oh take me to your bed,
Oh take me to your chamber love, I am tired and very ill."
"To take you to my chamber love, my parents would never agree,
So sit you down by a good fireside and I'll sit there with you."

"O many's the night I've courted you against your parents' will,
And I've never asked you to be my bride, so now my love, sit still.
Tonight our courtship's at an end, between my love and me
Farewell, farewell, my favourite girl, forever adieu to thee.

"O many's the night and many's the day I've come to visit you
All tossed about by the wind and rain or wet with summer's dew
But tomorrow I am going away to far Columbia's shore,
And you will never ever see your youthful lover more."

"O are you going to leave me, whatever should I do?
I would break break through every tie to go along with you.
Don't talk of going away, my love, these words do break my heart.
Let us go and married be, before that you do part.

"Perhaps my parents will forget, perhaps they will forgive,
But from this moment I resolve along with you to live.
My hand and heart I give to you since true love has begun."
So with a kiss the bargain was made, and now they're joined in one.


from 52 Folk Songs: Green, released March 10, 2012




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