Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Ploughboy, The

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I once was a ploughboy, but a soldier I am now,
I courted lovely Molly, a milkmaid I vow,
I courted lovely Molly, I'd delight in her charms,
For many's the long night I rolled in her arms.
With me rantinooran addie fol de dido.

Now, adieu lovely Molly, I now must away,
There's great honour and promotion in crossin' the sea,
And if ever I return it will be in the spring,
When the lark and the linnet and the nightingale sing.
With me rantinooran addie fol de dido.

I will build my love a castle at the head of the town,
Where neither lord, duke or earl will e'er pull it down,
And if anybody asks you where you are from,
You can tell them you're a stranger from the county Tyrone.
With me rantinooran addie fol de dido.

Now you may go to all the markets the gatherings and fairs
You can go to church on Sunday and choose your love there
And if anybody loves you as well as I do
I'll not try to stop your wedddin' love, so fare thee well adieu
With me rantinooran addie fol de dido.

She sent to me a posie of the red rose so fine,
I sent her another it was rue mixed with thyme,
Sayin' you can keep your red rose and I will keep my thyme,
And you can drink to your true love and I will drink to mine.
With me rantinooran addie fol de dido.

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