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If I Was A Blackbird
Traditional, 

Notes from Cantaria at www.chivalry.com : Wild Mountain Thyme performs this song in the female voice, but it is more traditionally done from the male perspective. "If I was a Blackbird" was recorded by Silly Wizard and appears in the Andy M. Stewart Collection songbook.

New words and arrangement by Kathleen Masino

performed by Kathleen Masino with Wild Mountain Thyme & 3 Pints Gone

One verse and chorus:  .mp3 (153K)
Longer clip:  
.mp3 (306K)

I am a young maiden, my story is sad
For once I was carefree and in love with a lad
He courted me sweetly by night and by day
But now he has left me and gone far away

Chorus:
Oh if I was a blackbird, could whistle and sing
I'd follow the vessel my true love sails in
And in the top rigging I would there build my nest
And I'd flutter my wings o'er his broad golden chest

He sailed o'er the ocean, his fortune to seek
I missed his caresses and his kiss on my cheek
He returned and I told him my love was still warm
He turned away lightly and great was his scorn

He offered to take me to Donnybrook Fair
To buy me fine ribbons, tie them up in my hair
He offered to marry and to stay by my side
But then in the morning he sailed with the tide

My parents they chide me, and will not agree
Saying that me and my true love married should never be
Ah but let them deprive me, or let them do what they will
While there's breath in my body, he's the one that I love still

Go, Lassie, Go - Tape; There Can Be Only One - CD

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