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Lighter Origins:A-Rovin/Maid from Amsterdam/Amsterdam Maid (63* d) RE: Origins:A-Rovin/Maid from Amsterdam/Amsterdam Maid 26 Feb 21


Sung at Harvard during or immediately after the Civil War.

[William Allen Hayes, ed.] Selected Songs Sung at Harvard College: From 1862 to 1866. (Cambridge: pvtly. ptd., June, 1866), pp.30-31. (With a number of other folk songs, incl. a "Golden Vanity" in which the captain is thrown overboard!)
                              
                     
                               A-ROVING

I.
At number three Old England Square,
Mark well what I do say,
At number three Old England Square,
My Nancy does'nt she live there ;                                        [sic
I'll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

CHORUS.
A roving, a roving,
Since roving's been my ru-i-n,
I'll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

II.
With love for her my heart did burn,
Mark well what I do say,
With love for her my heart did burn,
And I thought she loved me in return ;
I'll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

CHORUS.A roving, a roving, etc.

III.
But when my money was gone and spent,
Mark well what I do say,
But when my money was gone and spent,
Then off on her ear away she went ;
I'll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

CHORUS.A roving, a roving, etc.

IV.
She was a girl a-passing fair,
Mark well what I do say,
She was a girl a-passing fair,
With dark blue eyes and curly hair ;
I'll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

CHORUS.A roving, a roving, etc.

V.
By this I have a lesson learnt,
Mark well what I do say,
By this I have a lesson learnt,
I'll keep the money that I've earnt,
And go no more a roving with any fair maid.

CHORUS.A roving, a roving, etc.


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