"Dark-Eyed Sailot" as written by Olivia Clio Chaney and Pd Traditional....
As I roved out one evening fair
It bein' the summertime to take the air
I spied a sailor and a lady gay
And I stood to listen
And I stood to listen to hear what they would say.

He said "fair lady, why do you roam
For the day is spent and the night is on"
She heaved a sigh while the tears did roll
"For my dark-eyed sailor
For my dark-eyed sailor, so young and stout and bold."

"'Tis seven long years since he left this land
A ring he took from off his lily-white hand
One half of the ring is still here with me
But the other's rollin'
but the other's rollin' at the bottom of the sea."

He said, "you may drive him out of your mind
Some other young man you will surely find
Love turns aside and soon cold has grown
Like the winter's morning
Like the winter's morning, the hills are white with snow."

She said, "I'll never forsake my dear
Although we're parted this many a year
Genteel he was and no rake like you
To induce a maiden
To induce a maiden to slight the jacket blue."

One half of the ring did young William show
She ran distracted in grief and woe
Sayin' "William, William, I have gold in store
For my dark-eyed sailor
For my dark-eyed sailor has proved his honour true"

And there is a cottage by yonder lea
This couple's married and does agree
So maids be loyal when your love's at sea
For a cloudy morning
For a cloudy morning brings in a sunny day.


Lyrics submitted by Starfighter Pilot, edited by epiwoosh

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    General CommentThis is one of the few traditional love songs that ends well.
    GeraldFnordon June 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always laugh because usually they are named Polly and they always get murdered or acidently shot haha
    Miss_Ettingon October 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell, it's a little sad that she didn't recognize him at all until he showed his half of the ring, don't you think? Seven years is a long time, but not long enough for someone to change that much I'd hope.
    epiwooshon August 28, 2013   Link

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