The False Bride

The False Bride
I courted a young girl for several years,
I courted a young girl to make her my dear;
But now she’s gone from me and showed me false play,
She’s gone to get tied to another.
As sung by Danny Brazil at Over’s Bridge, Gloucester 12 May 1966 (Springthyme 66.6.1). In: Shepheard, Peter. Folk Songs and Ballads of the Brazil Family of Gloucester (1967).

I courted a young girl for several years,
I courted a young girl to make her my dear;
But now she’s gone from me and showed me false play,
She’s gone to get tied to another.

The first time I saw my love in the church stand,
With a ring on her finger and a glove on her hand;
And the man who stood by her had houses and land,
But I never once mentioned to have her.

The next time I saw my love dressed up in white,
She’d bridesgrooms and bridesmaids to give her away;
I thought her sweet company was better than mine,
Although she was tied to another.

The parson that married her with a loud cry,
“Is there any false bedders I’ll have them brought nigh?”
I thought in my heart I’d a once right to die,
I thought in my heart to false bed her.

When I got home I sat myself down,
When I sat down nothing could I eat,
I thought her sweet company was better than mine,
Although she was tied to another.


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