Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
Mrs. Dan McCracken
February 20, 1950
The Gay Spanish Maid
A gay Spanish maid at the age of sixteen,
To the meadow she strayed, far and wide,
And sat down on a rock, it was all for a rest,
Stepped a gay, handsome youth to her side.
M y ship sails tonight, Darling Anginet,
And with oar(?) I must drown on a moor;
When your parents, my Dear, have retired to rest,
Will you meet me down here by the shore.
When all in that cot had retired to rest,
Anginet, she stole out the old door,
With her hat in her hand she ran down the dry sand,
And she sat on a rock by the shore.
The moon it was rising far over the sea,
And the Earth and the Sky seemed to meet,
And from over the Ocean came the murm'ring of the waves,
As it broke on the rocks at her feet.
Up stepped to her side her own lover so true,
And his heart there could find no relief,
For to see his only joy standing there by his side,
When her heart it was heavy with grief.
Her heart it was heavy and ready to break,
As he told her of the years they must part,
May Cod's guide be with you forever, she said,
When from me you are far, far away.
That night in the sky the storm did arise,
And the rain down in torrents did fall,
Anginet, she awoke from a wild, troubled dream,
And she offerred a prayer for her boy.
We will turn our attention to the lad in the storm,
With the wind bursting in through the gale,
And with no one to cheer the sad hearts of the crew,
And the ship it was lost in the gale,
We will turn our attention to the maid on the shore,
As she heard of her boy in the storm,
And she died like a rose that was nipped by the frost,
And she left them alone there to mourn.
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