The Bonny Lass of Anglesey

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A traditional song taken from the Child ballads,
With special guest Dave Swarbrick on fiddle.

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Our King has cried a noble cry
And well kept it must be
The English lords are coming down
To dance and win the victory

Our King has cried a noble cry
And well kept it must be
"Go saddle ye and bring to me The Bonny Lass of Anglesey"

So up she starts as white as the milk
Between him and his company
Saying "what is the thing I have to ask If I should win the victory?"

"You'll get fifteen ploughs and a mill
& I'll give thee to the day thou die
The fairest knight in all of my court to take for your husband for to be"

"Oh there's not a Knight in all of your court
That'll make me the bride to be
But to keep my land free of foes, well this will be my victory"

So she's taken the fifteen lords by the hand
Saying "Won't you come dance with me?"
By the evening at ten o' clock they gave it over most shamefully

Then up then raised the fifteenth lord
What an angry man was he
He's laid free beside him his belt and his sword, to the floor he gazed manfully

He said "My feet my feet will be my death
Before she wins the victory"
By the morning at ten o'clock, oh, he gave it over most shamefully

So you English lords that do travel this land
Take heed of what I do say
Hold your swords low and two feet on the ground
Beware of the Lass of Anglesey, the bonny Lass of Anglesey

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from OLD ENGLAND GROWN NEW, released July 21, 2014
Words: traditional. Music Gregg Cave.
Voice & Guitar Gregg Cave. Bass: Brendan O' Neill . Percussion: Duncan Coverdale. Fiddles: Dave Swarbrick & Nick Ellison
Engineered and Produced by Mark Stevens

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