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  John Riley (trad.)


Fair young maid all in her garden
Strange young man come riding by
Saying "fair young maid will you marry me?"
And this answer was her reply

"Oh no dear sir I cannot marry thee
For I've a love who sails the deep salt sea
Though he's been gone for seven years
Still no man shall marry me"

"What if he's died all in some battle slain?
Or if he's drowned dead in the deep salt sea
What if he's found another love
He and his new love both married be?"

"Well if he's died all in some battle slain
Or if he's drownded in the deep salt sea
I'll remember his good name
And still no man shall marry me

And if he's found some other love
He and his true love both married be
I wish them health and happiness
Where they now live all across the sea"

He picked her up all in his arms
And kisses gave her one two and three
Saying "weep no more my own true love
For I'm your long lost John Riley"

John Riley (R.Neff/B.Gibson)


Fair young maid all in her garden
Strange young man came riding by
Saying: fair young maid will you marry me?
And this then sir was her reply

Oh no kind sir I cannot marry thee
For I've a love who sails the deep salt sea
Though he's been gone these seven years
Still no man shall marry me

What if he's died all in some battle slain?
Or if he's drowned dead in the deep salt sea
What if he's found some other love
He and his new love both married be?

And if he's found some other love
He and his true love both married be
I wish them health and happiness
Where they now live all across the sea

He picked her up all in his arms
And kisses gave her one two and three
Saying weep no more my own true love
For I'm your long lost John Riley








 
  John Riley
arranged and adapted by Judy Collins 1961


A fair young maid was in her garden
Strange young man came riding by
He said fair maid, will you marry me?
And this answer was her reply

Oh no kind sir I cannot marry thee
For I've a love and he sails the sea
And though he's been gone for seven years
Still he will return to me

Well, what if he's in some battle slain
Or if he's been drowned in the deep salt sea
Or if he's found another love
And he and his love both married be

If he's in some battle slain
Then I shall die when the moon doth wane
And if he's drowned in the deep salt sea
Still I'm true to his memory

And if he's found another love
And he and his love both married be
I wish them health and happiness
Where they live across the sea

He picked her up in his arms so strong
And kisses he gave her one two three
Said weep no more my own true love
I am your long lost John Riley

Said weep no more my own true love
I am your long lost John Riley