Get down, get down, little Henry Lee
And stay all night with me
You won't find a girl in this damn world
That will compare with me
And the wind did howl and the wind did blow
La la la la la
La la la la lee
A little bird lit down on Henry Lee

I can't get down and I won't get down
And stay all night with thee
For the girl I have in that merry green land
I love far better than thee
And the wind did howl and the wind did blow
La la la la la
La la la la lee
A little bird lit down on Henry Lee

She leaned herself against a fence
Just for a kiss or two
And with a little pen-knife held in her hand
She plugged him through and through
And the wind did roar and the wind did moan
La la la la la
La la la la lee
A little bird lit down on Henry Lee

Come take him by his lily-white hands
Come take him by his feet
And throw him in this deep deep well
Which is more than one hundred feet
And the wind did howl and the wind did blow
La la la la la
La la la la lee
A little bird lit down on Henry Lee

Lie there, lie there, little Henry Lee
Till the flesh drops from your bones
For the girl you have in that merry green land
Can wait forever for you to come home
And the wind did howl and the wind did moan
La la la la la
La la la la lee
A little bird lit down on Henry Lee


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    General Commentgod, this video is just so....

    seducing
    maggotbrainon April 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song is way too nasty! god, can jeaousy make one kill another just like that?
    The only other place I saw such extreme nasty and mean lyrics is E.A.Poe's poems&stories and I just love it.
    anyway, one of the greatest cave songs i'll say.
    by the way, this is sung with ex-lover p.j. harvey right?
    SlightlyMadon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's quite nursery-rhyme-ish, I think. In a twisted kind of way.
    mizchiffon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of those songs I like to listen to when I feel victorious. =P

    I've used it as an away message quite a few times over the years, I love morbid things and this is one of the most morbid songs I've ever heard. for some reason, it reminds me of john steinbeck's east of eden... heh, cathy trask...

    "lie there, lie there, little henry lee
    til the flesh drops from your bones
    for the girl you have in that merry green land
    can wait forever for you to come home,"

    this is my favorite verse in the song, and the imagery I get of a single bird watching the events unfold... perfect.

    it's definitely some evil subject matter, but that's what makes it so delicious. it's a perfect combination of talent, if you ask me (pj and nick).
    delialon August 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know if nick and Pj were ever a couple. But I wouldn't put it past me after seing the cover of the Henry Lee single :)
    Sunquaion January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNick says: "This is a song about extreme sexual conflict, and, uh...

    ...shit like that."
    dri-fton February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow! i first heard this song when i friend of mine played it at a party....the "la la la la la" part just haunted me for days before i figured out which song it was from the lyrics. theres something so eerie and waltz-like about it. the melody just wraps itself around your head and twists in hooks with the lyrics. a truely beautiful song. seriously.
    quirky_but_kewlon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSlightlyMad, I think you are right on with the comparison to Poe.
    It also have some charactaristcs from mideval ballads with expressions like "lily white hand", and the rythm of the lyrics with the same lines at the end of every verse instead of the usual verse-chorus-verse-chorus...or however the modern pop song go.

    A wonderful song. The meaning is very straight forward though. Not much room for interpretation there, hehe
    singmylifeon August 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just looked again in the lyrics booklet and it says "lyrics: traditional/Cave" So I guess it is adapted from a traditional ballad. And so are other songs on this album (Murder Ballads)
    singmylifeon August 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song, and the video is damn sexy.
    Songmeaningsuseron August 21, 2006   Link

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