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Maid thats Deep in Love

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The Maid that's Deep in Love

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The Maid that's Deep in Love

I am a maid that's deep in love but yes I can complain
And have in the world but one true love and Jimmy is his name
And if I do not find my love I'll mourn most constantly
And I'll find and follow Jimmy to the lands of liberty

Then I'll cut off my yellow locks, men's clothing I'll wear on
I'll sign to a bold sea captain, my passage I'll work free
And I'll find and follow Jimmy to the lands of liberty

One night all on the raging seas as we go into bed
The captain cried "Farewell my boy, I wish you were a maid
Your rosy cheeks and ruby lips they are enticing me
And I wish to God with all my heart, a maid you were to me"

"Then hold your tongue, dear captain, such talk is all in vain
And if the sailors find it out, they'd laugh and make much game
For when we reach Columbia shore some prettier girls you'll find
And you'll laugh and sing and court with them, for courting you are inclined"

Well it was no three days after our ship it reached the shore
"Bid adieu my loving captain, adieu for ever more
For once I was a sailor on sea but now I am a maiden on shore
So I bid adieu to you and all your crew, with you I'll sail no more"

"Come back, come back, my own pretty maid, come back and marry me
I have three thousand pounds in gold and that I'll give to thee
So come back, come back, my own pretty maid, come back and marry me"

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recorded by Tim Hart & Maddy Prior on "Folk Songs Of Olde England Vol.1" (1968)

Note: Strange ending to a song. Whatever happened to true love? MJ
MJ
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