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Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of the Siren, #29

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Song: Akron/Family: One Spring Morning (5:25 minutes)
from Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, ANTI- 2006.
Official band site; song playlist.
Buy CD in Germany and elsewhere.
Image: Playboy via Never Sea Land.


It was one morning in the spring
I went on board to serve the king,
I left my dearest dear behind,
Who often times told me her heart was mine.

When I came back to her father’s hall
Inquiring for my jewel
Her cruel father this reply
Her momma says if you deny

Oh she has married another man
A richer man for all his life
A richer man for all his life
And he has made her his lawful wife

Oh God curse gold and silver too
And all false women who won’t prove true
For some will take and then will break
All for the sake of richery

Oh stop young man don’t talk too fast
The fault is great but none of mine
The fault is great but none of mine
Don’t speak so hard of the female kind

If I had gold you might have part
As I have none you’ve gained my heart
You’ve gained it all with a free good will
So keep my vows and hold them still

Since hard fortune around me frowns
I’ll sail this ocean round and round
I’ll sail this ocean until I die
I’ll quit my ways on the mountain high

Explanatory liner notes by ANTI-:

Whenever sailors go to sea, they risk the loss of everything left behind. Those left onshore wait with the uncertainty of when or whether the sailor will return. Sometimes, as in this British Isles ballad, they don’t wait.

Internal news: Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of the Siren, #9, the Spanish Ladies song by Bill Frisell, has been equipped with a censored image as well to become G-rated in Youtube’s eyes. Shame over William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1885.

Written by Wolf

26. May 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Siren Sounds

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