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Thread #113441   Message #2582028
Posted By: JHW
05-Mar-09 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: What murder ballad is the saddest? [songs]
I posted all the text of Poor Murdered Woman earlier but it seems not to have landed though as its now had a mention how about

Border Widow's Lament

My love built me a bonny bower
And clad it over with Lily flower,
A brawer bower ye ne'er would see
Than my true love, he built for me

There came a man by middle day
Who spied his sport and went away,
He came again at dead of night,
Both brak ma bower and slew ma night

He slew my knight, tae me sae dear,
He slew my knight aye and poined his gear,
My servants all for life did flee
And left me in extremity

I washed his corse, makin ma main,
I sewed his sheet myself alane,
I watched his body, night and day,
Nae living creature came that way

I took his body on my back
And times I walked and times I sat,
I dug a grave and I laid him in
And topped him with the sod sae green

Wid ye nay think my heart was sare
When I laid the soil on his yellow hair
And wid ye nay think my heart was wae
When I turned about away tae gae

Nae living man I'll loo again
Since that my handsome knight is slain
With aye a lock of his yellow hair
I'll chain ma heart for evermare.

Apologies for the spelling attempts.
This is I think something like I heard it and sing it.
There are versions from both sides of the England/Scotland border though tragically the song might well be for many a widow of many another border.

Oh and 'Long Black Veil', sad as it is, has no murder.