English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
2   Turn your back, sweet Willie, said she, O turn your back unto me,
For you are too bad a rebel For a naked woman to see.
3   She picked him up in her arms so strong And she threw him into the sea,
Saying: If you have drowned six kings' daughters here, You may lay here in the room of me.
4   Stretch out your hand, O pretty Polly, Stretch out your hand for me,
And help me out of the sea. . .
5   She picked up a rock and threw on him, saying: Lay there, lay there, you dirty, dirty dog,
Lay there in the room of me. You're none too good nor too costly To rot in the briny, briny sea.
6   Hush up, hush up, my pretty parrot, Hush up, hush up, said she.
You shall have a golden cage with an ivory lid Hung in the willow tree.