Once I Knew a Pretty Girl (Traditional)

Once I knew a pretty girl
I loved her as my life
I'd gladly give my heart and hand
To make her my wife
Ooh to make her my wife

She took me by the hand
She led me to the door
She put her arms around me
Saying, "Please don't come no more
Ooh please come no more"

Well I'd not been gone but about six months
When she did complain
And she wrote me a letter
Saying, "Please come back again
Ooh please come again"

And I wrote her an answer
Just for to let her know
That no young man should venture
Where once he could not go
Ooh where once he could not go

So come on ye young lovers
Take a warning from me
And never place your affections
On a green growing tree
Ooh on a green growing tree

"Cause the leaves they will whither
Roots will decay
And a beauty of a young maid
Will soon fade away
Ooh soon fade away"


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    General CommentI hate the cruel tradition:
    "That no young man should venture
    Where once he could not go"
    Such a pride pig to bury his love, and hers, too. And call us all along.
    However, Joan sings anything but proudly. The two ruined their lives whatever they say, and we hear it between the lines. So, nothing self-righteous, but pure woe. I think I replayed it like 30 times, my LP was "sandy" (kind of noise).
    vphion September 14, 2009   Link

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