I Loved a Lass

Bert Janschof Pentagle fame, sings the Scottish version of what is apparently an old broadside ballad of indefinite origins. This version was made popular through the singing of Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. You’ll find more information about it’s origins and variants at …Just Another Tune, an incredible website I just came across for the first time.

I Loved a Lass

I loved a lass, and I loved her sae weel
I hated all others that spoke of her ill;
But noo she’s rewarded me weel for my love,
For she’s gaun to be wed till anither.

When I saw my love to the church go,
Wi’ bride and bride-maidens, they made a fine show;
An’ l followed them on wi’ a heart fu’ o’ woe,
For she’s gaun to be wed till anither.

When I saw my love sit down to dine,
I sat down beside her and poured out the wine,
An’ I drank to the lass that should ha’e been mine,
An’ now she is wed till anither.

The men o’ yon forest they askit o’ me,
Hou many strawberries grew in the saut sea?
But I askit them back wi’ a tear in my ee’,
How many ships sail in the forest?

O dig me a grave and dig it sae deep,
An’ cover it over with flow’rets säe sweet,
An’ I’ll turn in for to tak’ a lang sleep,
An’ may be in time I’ll forget her.

They dug him a grave an’ they dug it sae deep,
An’ covered it over with flow’rets säe sweet,
An’ he’s turned in for to tak’ a lang sleep,
An’ maybe by this time he’s forgot her.

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