The Cruel Mother

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Traditional British/Scottish

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There was a lady lived in York
Oh the rose and the lindsay-o
She fell in with her father's clerk
Down by the greenwood sidey-o

She loved him up, she loved him down...
She loved him 'till he filled her arms...

She leaned her back against an oak...
And first it bent and then it broke...

She leaned her back against a thorn...
And there she had two pretty babes born...

She pulled out her wee penknife...
And she took those fine babe's lives...

She buried them beneath a stone...
And thought to go a maiden home...

As she rode back to her father's hall..
She spied two babes a playin' at ball...

Oh babes, oh babes, if you were mine...
I'd dress you up in scarlet fine...

Oh mother, oh mother, when we were yours...
Scarlet was our own heart's blood...

Seven years a fish in the flood...
Seven years a bird in the wood...

Seven years a tongue in the tolling bell...
And seven years in the flames of hell...

Oh come oh come, the fish in the flood...
Oh come oh come, the bird in the wood...

Oh come oh come, the tongue in the tolling bell...
But God save me from the flames of hell...

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from Small Fish, released November 15, 2011

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