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Beautiful traditional song.

Meg Baird : 

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rowanberry 94 Mar 30, 2010 11:57 PM

Willie O' Winsbury(Trad.)

- sung by Meg Baird

Daughter, Oh daughter, said a king
Why are you so pale and wan?
I feel you have some sore sickness
Or how see you have lying with a man?

You're welcome, you're welcome, my father dear,
You are welcome home to me.
For I had been sicken to my heart.
Such a been so long how to see.

Cast off, cast off your berry-brown gown,
Stand naked upon the stone,
That I may know you by your shape,
Whether you be a maiden or no.

So she's cast off her berry-brown gown,
She stood naked upon the stone,
And her apron was low and her middle were round
Her face it was pale and wan.

Oh, was it with a lord or a duke or a knight
Or a man of birth and fame
Or was it with one of my serving men
That's lately come out of Spain?

No, it wasn't with a lord nor a duke nor a knight
Or a man of birth and fame,
But it was with Willy O' Winsbury
I could bide no longer alone.

That king, he has send forth his merry men all
By thirty and by three
Saying fetch me this Willy O' Winsbury,
For hanged he shall be!

But when he was proud being, father king,
He was clad all in red silk.
And his hair was the like the strands of gold.
His skin it was white as milk.

And it is no wonder, said the King,
That my daughter's love you did win,
For if I was a woman as I am a man,
My bedfellow you'd would been.

And will you marry my daughter Janet,
By the truth of your right hand?
And if you marry my daughter Janet,
I'll make you a lord of my land.

Yes, I will marry your daughter Janet,
By the truth of my right hand.
But I'm not have your gold, and I'm not have your gift.
And I'm not be a lord of your land.

For I have horses, and I have a land.
I have man, I have my command.
And worry it not go your daughter pale,
I would not be your serving man.

He's settled her on a milk-white steed
And himself on a dapple grey
He's made her the lady of as much land
She can ride in a long summer's day.

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RichPinder 126 Jan 23, 2014 02:44 AM, edited at 07:46 am

Thanks! great tab, and has inspired me to put up a couple of other tabs from the Dear Companion album. Hope you like them. Just a couple of corrections (based on the album version):

- The bass on the F chord alternates between the F on 6th string then A on (open) 5th string. (note this IS in Standard EADGBe tuning - I assume it's just a typo that the 4th & 5th strings labels have just been switched in the tab)
- Where you have a G chord (32000x) in the 2nd half of the 3rd line, it's actually an Em (02200x), with the bass notes on 6th then 5th string (like you have it).

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rowanberry 94 Jan 24, 2014 11:37 PM

Thx. ;)

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