The Ghost Lover (Collected by Barry Taylor) MIDI
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Johnny, he promised to marry me,
But I fear he's with some fair one and gone;
There's something bewails a man,
I don't know what it is,
And I'm weary of lying alone.

Well, Johnny he came there at the appointed hour,
He tapped on the window so low;
This fair maid arose and she hurried on her clothes,
And she bid her true love welcome home.

She took him by the hand and she lay him down,
She felt he was as cold as the clay;
She said, "My dearest dear, if I only had my wish,
This long night would never turn to day."

Oh, crow up, oh, crow up, my little bird,
But don't crow before it is day;
And you'll keep your shielding
made of the glittering gold,
And your door of silver so gay.

And where is your soft bed of down, my love?
And where is your white hall and sheet?
And where is the fair maid who watches over you,
As you lie in your long, dreamless sleep?

Oh, the sand is my soft bed of down, my love,
And the sea is my white hall and sheet;
The long, hungry worms they do feed off of me,
As I lie every night in the deep.

"Oh, when shall I see you my love?" she cried,
"Oh, when shall I see you again?"
"When little fishes fly and the seas they do run dry,
And the hard rocks do melt with the sun."

"When little fishes fly and the seas they do run dry,
And the hard rocks do melt with the sun."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of The Gray Cock, or, Saw You My Father [Child ballad #248] from The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965), and collected by Barry Taylor....####
A variant was recorded by Ian & Sylvia Tyson (Northern Journey, Vanguard Records, 1965).

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