"House Carpenter" as written by and Sean Watkins Chris Thile....
Well met, well met said an old true love
Well met, well met said he
I've just returned from the salt, salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee
Come in, come in, my old true love
And have a seat by me
It's been three-fourths of a long, long year
Since together we have been

I can't come in and I can't sit down
For I've only a moments time
They say you're married to a house carpenter
And your heart will never be mine
I could have married the kings daughter fair
And she would have married me
But I have forsaken her crowns of gold
And it's all for the love of thee

Now will you forsake your house carpenter
And go along with me
I'll take you where the grass grows green
On the banks of the deep blue sea
Then she picked up her darling little babe
And kisses she gave it three
Saying stay right here, my darling little babe
And keep your papa company

They had not been on the ship 2 weeks
I'm sure it was not three
When the old true love began to weep and to mourn
And she wept most bitterly
Saying are you weeping for my silver and my gold
Saying are you weeping for my store
Or are you weeping for your house carpenter
Whose face you'll never see no more

A curse, a curse to the sailor she cried
A curse, a curse she swore
You robbed me of my darling little babe
That I shall never see no more
They had not been on the ship three weeks
I'm sure it was not four
When there came a leak on the bottom of the ship
And sank them for to rise no more

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"House Carpenter" as written by Sara Watkins Chris Thile


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  • +2
    General CommentIt's pretty simple really. Don't forsake your baby, house carpenter, or rich king's daughters, or you'll die a horrible death at sea.

    In all seriousness, this was the first song I heard off of "This Side," and it blew me away. These Nickel Creek kids are indeed talented beyond my wildest imaginings.
    WittyFoolon July 01, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHow sad could a song get?
    CRYN_OUTon September 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song wasn't written by Nickel Creek. Its their arrangement of a traditional song.
    yamahasixstringon December 06, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like to believe that the hole at the bottom of the ship was, exact mechanisms and instrumentality nothwithstanding, created by her. I don't know why.
    whitephoenix72on April 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree this is a pretty sad song. For people who care this is what i means to me: This sailor comes back from being at sea for 9 months to see his "old true love". He hears that she has been married to a "House Carpenter". He goes on to say that when he was gone he could have married the kings daughter and would have been rich but he didn't because he still was in love with her. So he presudes her to run away with him and "forsake her house carpenter". She leaves her baby to the house carpenter and runs away with the sailor. Once they are 2 weeks at sea she beings to have second thoughts and begins to miss her "darling little babe" and her "forsaken house carpenter", that she will never see again. Then comes the third week at sea and there "comes a leak in the bottom of the ship" and it sinks...so they died at sea and never really got to be together. *Tear*... I also think that the "darling little babe" was the sailors, because it states that the sailors wasn't around in 9 months. Hope that helps some people!
    6emilythestrange6on September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is trying to teach you a lesson (well, obviously).

    Something along the lines of, "Don't leave your future for your past, no matter how enticing it is."

    Because I view the story as a woman who married the house carpenter was in love with this other guy.. but somehow they got sperarated... and she had a kid with the house carpenter. The former love comes back and asks her to leave and pick up where they left, and she goes.. but leaving her baby, and resulting in death anyways. You can't just leave where you're at for where you were.

    Or something like that.
    sarahxbearon April 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is most likely from the poem "The Demon Lover". The author is anonymous.
    Check it out, it's an amazing poem, and this song is almost exactly like it.
    moonlitmurderon January 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is based on an ancient English song that has many many versions. It's been repeated with slight variations since its first incarnation over a 800 years ago. The band liked the sad ballad and reinvented it in its own style.
    juleshippymamaon September 20, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThsi is a cover of a Bob Dylan song, but it is still amazing.
    flip the tapexXon December 10, 2005   Link

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