"John Riley" as written by and Ricky/gibson Neff....
Fair young maid all in her garden
Strange young man came riding by
Saying fair young maid, will you marry me
This then, sir, was her reply

Oh no, kind sir, I cannot marry thee
For I've a love who sails the deep salt sea
Though he's been gone these seven years
Still no man shall marry me

What if he's died all in some battle slain
Or if he's drowned in, in the deep salt sea
What if he's found some other love
He and his new love both married be

If he's found some other love
He and his new love both married be
I wish them health and happiness
Where they have dwelled all across the sea

He picked her up all in his arms
And kisses gave her one, two and three
Then weep no more, my own true love
I am your long lost John Riley
Saying weep no more, my own true love
For I'm your long lost John Riley


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"John Riley" as written by Judy Collins

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    General CommentOooooooooooooh, this is so romantic. I haven't heard the actual song in years, but I do remember it from a LONG LONG time ago. Just adore this band and the simplicity of songs from that decade. Nothing was blatant unless it was about true love. (Yes, there were a few exceptions.) The songs left something to the listener's imagination. And sex was almost always attached to love, which is a beautiful (but sadly fleeting concept today).
    FatBottomedGurlon December 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commentloyalty - not highly rated anymore
    dizarton October 06, 2012   Link

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