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wes.w Lyr/Chords ADD: Plains of Waterloo (29) Lyr Add: PLAINS OF WATERLOO (from Shirley Collins) 19 Jan 01

Hi dadgad,
I think June used to sing the same one as Shirley Collins and Tim Lyons. Its almost the same as the one on DigiTrad.

Off the top of my head, so no guarentee, its:

O, as I was a walking, one mid summers morning
Down by the gay banks of a clear crystal stream,
There I spied a fair maid making sad lamentations,
So I put myself in ambush to hear her sad complain,
Through the woods she walked along,
caused the valleys to ring out,
and the fine feathered songsters around her they flew,
Saying the war it is now over and peace it is returned again,
But my Willie's not returning from the Plains of Waterloo

So I stepped up to this fair maid and said my fond creature,
and might I make enquire, as to what's your true love's name
For I have been in battle where the cannons loud do rattle,
and by your description I might have known the same.
Well Wille Smiths my true loves name,
He's a hero of great fame,
and he's gone and he's left me, in sorrow it's true
but the war it is now over and peace it is returned again,
and yet he's not returning from the Plains of Waterloo

If Willie Smith's your true loves name,He's a hero of great fame.
He and I have been in battle through manys the long campaign,
Through Italy and Russia, through Germany and Prussia,
He was my loyal comrade through France and through Spain.
Till at length by the French its then we were surrounded,
and like heroes of old then we did them subdue;
We fought for three days, till at length we were defeated
By brave Napoleon Bony on the plains of Waterloo.

And on the eighteenth day of May here is ended the battle,
Caused many a brave hero to weep and to moan,
Where the drums they did beat and the cannons loud did rattle
Twas by a French soldier your Willie he was slain.
And as I passed by to where he lay a'bleeding,
I scarcely had time for to bid him adieu
With a faint faltering voice these words he kept repeating,
Fare thee well my lovely Annie,You are far from Waterloo'

Now when this fair maid heard this sad lamenation,
Her sweet rosie cheeks they turned pale into wan,
And when this young man heard her sad acclamations
He said 'My Lovely Annie,I am that very one'.
And here is the ring that between us was broken;
In the midst of all danger love to remind me of you
and when she saw the token she flew to his arms
Saying "You're welcome ,dearest Willie, from the plains of Waterloo


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