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Bold Lovell

This song is by Brian Peters and appears on the album Different Tongues (2003).

As Lovell was riding across the misty mountains
Spied two merchants and their money they were counting
Took out his pistols and he gave to them no warning
Stole all their money and he's bid them both good morning

Oh, the devil's in the women, so they say
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

He went into a public house and counted out his money
Called the landlady and he asked for pretty Polly
While they were a-talking, he was thinking of no matter
She stole away his pistols and she filled them up with water

Oh, the devil's in the women, so they say
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

As Lovell and Polly were a-taking their sweet pleasure
In came the troopers, crying, "Lovell, you must leave her!
For a long time you've been on the road to the gallows;
Come along with me, young man, and be a decent fellow."

Oh, the devil's in the women, so they say
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

He pulled out his pistols, but they wouldn't shoot for water
They beat him so cruelly and they gave to him no quarter
Polly, she cried, "If I'd known they was a-coming,
I'd have fought them like a tiger, just as sure as I'm a woman."

Oh, the devil's in the women, so they say
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

"Well, I've got two brothers and they're in the Marines
One of them's at Chatham and the other one's at sea
Bold, brisk, and lively lads, champions of folly,
I'd rather they was here today than you, deceitful Polly!"

Oh, the devil's in the women, so they say
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

As Lovell was climbing up that old gallows ladder
He called out so bravely for his highway cap and feather
"Well, I've always been a lively lad, but I never murdered any
I think it bloody hard to swing for lifting a bit of money!"

Oh, the devil's in the women, so they say
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

The devil's in the women, so they say
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

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