Mudcat Café message #178840 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #18166   Message #178840
Posted By: Peg
15-Feb-00 - 01:47 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat Island Folk Festival
Subject: Lyr Add: IF I WERE A BLACKBIRD
Mario; an excellent feast! We'll be sure to leave some for the wood gatherers...
no mollusks for me, thanks, but I'll have that lobster tail that's just gone red...and some corn...and a potato! thanks!
and some pale golden wine chilled to perfection...ahhh...

(sings a brief ballad before eating)

I am a young maiden, my story is sad
Though I was once loved by a fine sailing lad
He called me his lassie by night and by day
But now he has left me and sailed far away...

If I were a blackbird, could whistle and sing
I'd follow the vessel my true love sails in
And in the top riggin' I'd there build my nest
And I'd flutter my wings o'er his lily white breast...

He promised to take me to Donnybrook Fair
And buy me red ribbons for to bind up my hair
And when he'd return from the ocean so wide
He'd take me and make me his own bonny bride...

If I were a blackbird etc.

My parents they slight me and will not agree
That I and my sailor boy married should be
But let them deprive me, let them do what they will
While there's breath in my body, he's the one I love still...

If I were a blackbird...