From the album 'Very Early Joan' [Introduction] C Am C [Verse 1] C Am There was a Lady and a Lady gay Am C Of children she had three C She sent them away to the North Countree C Am To learn their grammaree [Verse 2] C Am They'd not been gone but a very short time Am C Scarcely three weeks and a day C When death, cruel death, came harkening along C Am And stole those babes away [Verse 3] C Am "There is a King in Heaven," she cried C "A King of third degree C Send back, send back my three little babes C Am This night send them back to me." [Verse 4] C Am She made a bed in the uppermost room Am C On it she put a white sheet C And over the top a golden spread C Am That they much better might sleep [Verse 5] Am C Am "Take it off, take it off," cried the older one Am C "Take it off, take it off," cried he C "For what's to become of this wide wicked world C Am Since sin has first begun." [Verse 6] C Am She set a table of linen fine Am C On it she placed bread and wine C Come eat come drink my three little babes C Am "Come eat, come drink of mine." [Verse 7] C Am "We want none of your bread, mother Am C Neither do we want your wine C For yonder stands our Savior dear C Am To Him we must resign." [Verse 8] C Am "Green grass is over our heads, mother Am C Cold clay is over our feet C And every tear you shed for us C Am It wets our winding-sheet."