"Rosemary Lane" as written by James Patrick Yorkstone Wright and Dp,....
When I was in service in Rosemary Lane
I won the good will of my master Amberdine
Until a young sailor came there to stay
And that was the beginning of my misery

He called for a candle to light him to bed
Aand likewise a silk hankerchief to tie up his hair
To tie up his hair as sailors will do,
"And third my pretty Polly, will you come too?"

Now this may seem young and foolish, she thought it no harm
To lie on the bed to keep herself warm
And what was done there, I shall never disclose
But I wish that short night had been seven long years

So early next morning this sailor arose
And into my pockets 3 guineas did throw
Saying"Tthis I will give and more I will do
If you'll be my Polly wherever I go"

Now if it's a boy, he'll fight for the King
And if it's a girl she'll wear a gold ring
She'll wear a gold ring and a dress all aflame
And remember my service in Rosemary Lane

When I was in service in Rosemary Lane
I won the good will of my master Amberdine
Until a young sailor came there to stay
And that was the beginning of my misery


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"Rosemary Lane" as written by James Patrick Yorkstone Wright

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    General CommentI transcribed the lyrics exactly as I have heard them and this is what I have:

    when I was in service in the rosemary lane
    I won the good will of my master amberdine
    'til a sailor came there one night to lay
    and that was the beginning of my misery

    he called for a candle to light him to bed
    likewise a silk hankerchief to tie up his hair
    to tie up his hair as sailors will do
    and third my pretty polly won't you come too

    this may be young and foolish she thought it no harm
    to lie into bed why to keep herself warm
    and what was done there I will never disclose
    but I wish that short night had been seven long years

    next morning this sailor so early arose
    and into my bra 3 guineas did throw
    saying this I will give and more I will do
    if you’ll be my pretty polly wherever I go

    and if it’s a boy he will fight for the king
    and if it’s a girl she will wear a gold ring
    wear a gold ring and a dress all of light
    and remember my service in the rosemary lane

    when I was in service in the rosemary lane
    I won the good will of my master amberdine
    'til a sailor came there one night to lay
    and that was the beginning of my misery
    zoomleton May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, because I love old ballads in general.

    This song is sad though, it's beautiful but so sad. Reminds me of the other ballads about no good sailors and poor maids. =(
    PRettyPaiNon July 30, 2011   Link

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