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Blackjack David

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Blackjack David

Blackjack David

Blackjack David is the name that I bear
Been alone in the forest for a long time
But the time is come, and when a lady I find
I will love her and hold her, singing through the green green
     trees

The skin on my hands is like leather, alright.
My face is so hard from the cold wind
But my heart's so warm with the song that I sing
Will charm a fair lady, singing through the green green trees

Now fair Eloise rode out that day
From her fine fine home in the morning
In the flush of dawn, came a sound to her ear
Drifting, floating, singing through the green green trees

Now sixteen summers was all that she'd seen
And her skin was soft a velvet
But she's forsaken her fine fine home
And Blackjack David is singing through the green green trees

Saddle me up my fine grey mare
Cried the lord of the house next morning
For my servants tell me that my daughter is gone
With Blackjack David, singing through the green green trees

Well he rode all day and he rode all night
But he never did find his daughter
But he heard from afar, come drift on the wind
Two voices, laughing, singing through the green green trees

Oh, Blackjack David is the name that I bear
Been alone in the forest for a long time
But now I've found me a lady so fair
And I love her, hold her, singing through the green green trees

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This version of the Gypsy Davey ballad was done by the Incredible
String Band (Mike Heron put the words together with this catchy
tune) on their "I looked up" album one the Electra EKS-74061
label.
Child #200
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