Sung by: Fred High
Recorded in High, AR 8/26/59
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Well met, well met," says he.
"I'm just returning from a saltwater sea,
And it's all for the sake of you;
And it's all for the sake of thee.
"I once could have married a King's daughter, oh,
And she would have married me,
But I've just received a rich crown of gold,
And it's all for the sake of thee;
And it's all for the sake of you."
"Well, if you could have married a King's daughter, oh,
I'm sure you are to blame,
For I have married a house carpenter,
And I think he's a nice young man;
And I think he is a nice young man."
"Will you leave your own true love
And go along with me?
I'll take you where the grass grows green
On the banks of Sweet Willie,
On the banks of Sweet Willie."
"What have you got to maintain me on
Or keep me from slavery?"
"I have seventeen fine ships on board,
Seventeen boatsmens or more:
Seventeen that's sailing for shore,
That shall be at your command,
That shall be at your command."
Also found in Child, #243, "James Harris"; Randolph, Vol. I, #30, "The House Carpenter"; Brown, Vol. II, #40, "James Harris"; Belden, p. 79, "James Harris."