Daemon Lover, Lyric Variant 02


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Daemon Lover, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf printed on the front in blue ink. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is minor staining of unknown origin throughout the document. The document was folded horizontally into quarters, possibly for mailing. There are textual notes and additions handwritten in pencil.


Ballads, English Ballads, Scots Adultery -- Songs and music Ocean travel -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The House Carpenter (Said an Old True Love)


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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The House Carpenter.

Well met,well met,my old true love .
Well met,he cried
For I’m just returning from the salt,salt sea,A
And it’s all for the love of thee.

Oh, I could have married a King’s daughter ,dear,
And she would have married me,
But I refused a crown of gold,
And it’s all for the love of thee.

If you could have married a king’s Dayghter,dear,
I think you are to blame,
For I have lately been married to a House arpenter,
And I think he’s a fine young man.

Oh,wont you leave your House Carpenter,
And go along with me?
I’ll take you where the grass grows green,
On the banks of Sweet willowrie.

If I should leave my house carpenter and go along with you
And go along with you,
Pray what have you to maintain me on,
And keep me from slavery?

I have seven ships all sailing on the sea,
All sailing for dry land,
One hundred and ten bold brave looking men,
You may have them at your command.

She went and dressed in her finest array,
And slowly turned away,
For she outshined the gliyyering gold,
Most beautiful to behold.

She went and kissed her sweet little babe,
She kissed it,she gave it three.
Saying you stay here you dear darling little babe,
And keep your Papa company.

They hadn’t been on ship two weeks or more,
I’m sure it was not three,
Until this lady was known to weep,
And she wept most bitterly.

Oh,is it for my gold you weep,
Or is it for my store,
Or is it for that house carpenter,
You never shall see any more?

It is not for your gold I weep,
Neither is it for your store,
But it’s for my dear darling little babe,
I never shall see any more.

A curse, a curse to all seamen,
A curse to you she cried,
You have robbed me of my house carpenter,
An here I shall lose my life.

They hadn’t been on ship three weeks or more,
I’m sure it was not four,
Until that ship did spring a leak,
And it sank to rise no more.

O don’t you see them dark clouds rise
As black as any crow?
They’re the walls of Hell, They’re
the walls of Hell
and o’er them we must go!

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Daemon Lover, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

The House Carpenter

Scholarly Classification

Child, 243 Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 40

Dimensions - Original

214 mm x 329 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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