Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies

from by Maria in the Shower/A Loving Offering

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about

I found this song in a Pete Seeger Songbook that I found in a Thrift store in Idaho. His choice of harmony and verses I thought very striking, and it led me to make a vocal arrangement of the tune. Thanks Pete.

lyrics

Come all ye fair and tender ladies,
Take warning how you court young men
They're like the stars of a summers morning
They'll first appear and then they're gone

If I had known before I courted
I never would have courted none
I'd have locked my heart in a box of golden
And fastened it up with a silver pin

I wish I were a little swallow
And I had wings and I could fly
I would fly away to my false true-lover
And when he'd speak I would deny

But I am not a little swallow
I have no wings nor can I fly
So I'll sit down here to weep in sorrow
And try to pass my troubles by

Do you remember our days of courting
When your head lay upon my breast?
You could make me believe by the falling of your arm
That the sun rose in the west

credits

from Maria in the Shower III, released February 17, 2014
traditional arranged by Martin Abram Reisle
Performed by:
Aiden Brant-Briscall, Jack Garton, and Martin Abram Reisle

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