I Once Loved a Lass

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I ONCE LOVED A LASS traditional, British Isles. After Ewan MacColl.


I once loved a lass and I loved her so well
I hated all others who spoke of her ill
but now she's rewarded me well for my love
for she's gone to be wed to another

when I saw my love to the church go
with bride and bridemaidens, they made a fine show
and I followed 'em on with a head full of woe
for she's gone to be wed to another

when I saw my love sit down to dine
I sat down beside her and poured out the wine
and I drank to the lass that should've been mine
and now she is wed to another

the men of yon forest they asked it of me
"how many strawberries grew in the salt sea"?
but i answered them back with a tear in my e'ye
"how many ships sail in the forest?"

oh dig me a grave dig it so deep
and cover it over with florets so sweet
and I'll lie me down for to take a long sleep
and maybe in time I'll forget her

Oh they dug it my grave and they dug it so deep
and covered it over with florets so sleep
and I lay me down for-to take a long sleep
and maybe by now I've forgot her.


from Surgery, track released January 20, 2015
Amy Annelle: voice, chimes
rain: raining



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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

AMY ANNELLE is a modern-day songwriter & folksinger whose work balances imagination with reverence for America's restless, divergent musical past. Over the course of nine full albums and thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude"(Crawdaddy). ... more

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