Collected by Irene Carlisle Doney Hammontree
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler Bethel Grove, Arkansas
March 11, 1951
Heel 102, Item 2
The Disappointed Lover
(Early, Early in the Spring)
Early, early on one spring
I stepped on board to serve my king,
And leave my dearest girl behind,
Who ofttimes said her heart was mine.
As she lay smiling in my arms
I thought her worth ten thousand charms;
With compliments and kisses sweet,
Saying, "We'll get married next time we meet."
One night while on the raging sea
I took an opportunity
To write unto my dearest dear;
But nothing from her could I hear.
I stepped into her father's hall,
And for my sweetheart I did call;
Her father made me this reply,
Saying, "She is married; you must be denied."
It's then I asked what did she mean;
Her father answered in her name,
Saying, "She has married a richer life;
Go now and choose you another wife."
It's cursed be to silver and gold,
And all fair maids that won't prove true;
They will their own fair promise break,
And marry another for riches sake.
It's since I've lost my golden crown,
I'll sail the ocean round and round;
I'll sail the sea till the day I die,
And split the waves where the bullets fly.
"Oh, Willie, Willie, stay on shore;
Don't go to the raging sea any more;
There's girls in town truer than I;
Don't go to the war where the bullets fly."
Rather be where the drums and the fife doth play,
Never ceasing night or day;
Rather sail the sea till the day I die
Than be in a false girl's company.
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