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House Carpenter Lyrics

Artist: Natalie Merchant
Album: The House Carpenter's Daughter

"Well met, well met
And I know true love
Well met, well met€, said he
€œI'm just returning from the salt, salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee€

€œcome in, come in
My own true love
And have a seat with me
It's been three-fourths
Of a long, long year
Since together we have been€

€œno I can't come in
And I can't sit down
For I have but a moment's time
They say that you're married
To a house carpenter
And your heart shall never be mine€

€œwell I could have married
The king's daughter fair
She would have married me
But I forsaked upon
Her crowns of gold
And it's all for the love of thee€

€œnow will you forsake on
Your house carpenter
And go along with me?
I'll take you where
The grass grows green
On the banks of the bitter reeds€

She pick'd up her wee little babe
And kisses, gave it three saying,
€œstay right here my darling little one
Keep your papa company€

Now they had not been
On the ship two weeks
I swear it was not three
When his true love began
To weep and moan
And she wept most bitterly

€œare you weeping
For my silver and gold
Are you weeping for my store or are
You weeping for that house carpenter
That you ne'er shall see no more?€

€œa curse on the sailor she swore
A curse, a curse she swore
You robbed me of my sweet little babe
That I never shall see no more!€

Well, they had not been
On the ship three weeks
I swear it was not four
Until there came a leak in the ship
And she sank
To rise no more€

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