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The Banks Of Green Willow

This song is by Nic Jones and appears on the album Nic Jones (1971).

O it's of a sea-captain
Down by the sea-side o,
And he's courted a young lady
And he's got her by child.

"Go and fetch your father's gold
And some of your mother's money,
And go all across the ocean,
All along with young Johnny."

"Now I've got me father's gold
And some of me mother's money,
And I'll go all across the ocean,
All along with young Johnny."

Now they hadn't been a-sailing,
No miles not a great many
Before she was delivered
Of a beautiful baby.

"Go and fetch a white napkin
For to tie me head easy,
And throw me quite overboard,
Both me and my baby."

Now see how she totters,
See how she tumbles,
And see how she's rolling
All upon the salt water.

Go fetch me a longboat
For to row me lover back again,
For to row me lover back again,
Both for her and her baby.

For she shall have a coffin,
And the coffin it shall shine yellow,
And she shall be buried
On the banks of green willow.


Credits Edit

  • Traditional/Arranged Nic Jones
  • Child Ballad #24
  • Roud Folk Song Index #172

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