Collected and transcribed Irene Sargent
by Don Callaway West Fork, Ark.
Fall 1963 25
Reel Item 7
We've met, we've met, said the house carpenter We've met, we've met, says he I have just returned from the salt water sea And all for the sake of thee It's all for the sake of thee.
If you foresake your house and land And go along with me
I have seven ships that sail on the sea And shall be at your command And shall be at your command.
If I forsake my house and land And also my dear babe And go along with you What will you support me on What will you support me on
I have seven ships sailing on the sea all laden down with gold
And they each have seven slaves.
She dressed her baby up so neat and laid it on the bed Saying lay there, lay there you sweet little babe And keep your father company And keep your father company.
They had not been sailing but a week
I'm sure it was not more
Until the fair damsel began to weep
And she wept most bitterly
And she wept most bitterly.House Carpenter Reel 434, Item 7 Continued
What are you weeping for my love?
Are you weeping for my gold?
I'm weeping for my sweet little babe
That I left when I came to sea
That I never shall see any more
That I never shall see any more.
They had not been sailing but three weeks I'm sure it was not four
Till the ship sprang a leak and it sank to the deep It sank to rise no more It sank to rise no more.
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