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Prisoner’s Song


Oh, I [C]wish I had [C7]someone to [F]love me,

oh, [G]someone to [G7]call me their [C]own.

Oh, I wish I had [C7]someone to [F]live with,

for I'm [G]tired of [G7]living all [C]alone.


Please do meet me tonight in the moonlight,

please do meet me tonight all alone,

for I have a sad story I’ll tell you,

it's a story that's never been told.


I'll be carried to the new jail tomorrow,

leaving my poor darling alone,

with the cold prison bars all around me,

and my head on a pillow of stone.


But I have a great ship on the ocean,

all mounted with silver and gold,

and before my poor darling would suffer

this ship would be anchored and sold.


Oh,  if I had the wings of a swallow,

over these prison walls I would fly,

I would  fly to the arms of my poor darling,

and there I'd be willing for to die.

+ repeat verse 2   + F –

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