tenderly william kissed his wife
then he opened her head with a butcher knife
and the swan on the river goes gliding by
the swan on the river goes gliding by

lady margaret's pillow was wet with tears
nobody's been on it for 20 years
and the swan on the river goes gliding by
the swan on the river goes gliding by

little billy brown will shake with fright
he's got a new daddy and mommy every night
and the swan on the river goes gliding by
the swan on the river goes gliding by

"i've got a sad surprise" the doctor said
"a 20 pound baby without any head"
and the swan on the river went lookin'.....


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Ballad of the Gliding Swan song meanings
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