As I roved out on a bright May morning
As I roved out on a bright May morning|
To view the meadows and flowers gay
Whom should I spy but my own true lover
As she sat under yon willow tree.
2. I took off my hat and I did salute her
I did salute her most courageously
When she turned around well the tears fell from her
Sayin': False young man, you have deluded me.
3. A diamond ring I owned I gave you
A diamond ring to wear on your right hand
But the vows you made, love, you went and broke them
And married the lassie that had the land.
4. If I'd married the lassie that had the land, my love|
It's that I'll rue till the day I die
When misfortune falls sure no man can shun it
I was blindfolded I'll ne'er deny.
5. Now at nights when I go to my bed of slumber
The thoughts of my true love run in my mind
When I turned around to embrace my darling
Instead of gold sure it's brass I find.
6. And I wish the Queen would call home her army
From the West Indies, Amerikay and Spain
And every man to his wedded woman
In hopes that you and I will meet again.
A copy of this song was recently found in Russia, by Dr. Urbanov, folded into the diary of a Captain Dougal Frazer who presumably died
at Balaclava in the Crimean war around 1853, as a member of the 93rd Highland Regiment, under Sir Colin Campbell, one time Aide de Camp to the Duke of Wellington.
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