The House Carpenter

Traditional

Well met, well met, and I know true love
Well met, well met, said he
I'm just returning from the salt salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee

I could have married the king's daughter fair
And she would have married me
But I've forsaken her crown of gold
And it's all for the love of thee

Come in, come in, my own true love
Come in, she said to him
It's been three-fourths of a long, long year
Since together we have been

I can't come in and I can't sit down
For I have but a moments time
They say you're married to a house carpenter
And your heart will never be mine

Oh come away with me, he said
Oh come away, said he
I'll take you to where the grass grows green
On the banks of Bittery

Then she picked up her sweet little babe
And kisses gave it three
Sayin' stay at home my darlin' little babe
And keep your Papa company

Then he jumped on a milk white steed
And her on the dappled grey
They rode 'til they came to the banks of the sea
Three hours before the break of day

They had not been on the ship two weeks
I'm sure it was not three
When his true love began to weep and to mourn
And she wept most bitterly

Are you weeping for my silver and my gold
Are you weeping for my store
Or are you weeping for your house carpenter
Whose face you'll never see no more

It's neither for your silver I weep
And neither for your store
But it's all for the sake of my darlin' little babe
Whose face I'll never see no more

A curse, a curse, on the sailor she cried
A curse, a curse she swore
You've robbed me of my house carpenter
Whose face I'll never see no more

They had not been on the ship three weeks
I'm sure it was not four
When they sprung a leak in the bottom of the ship
And it sunk for to rise no more

Well met, well met and I know true love
Well met, well met said he
I'm just returning from the salt, salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee

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