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From the same era as the Lass on the Strand. This tune is the first thing I came up with trying to work out how to tune my brand spanking new £79 Romanian bouzouki. Happy days!

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Martha, will you marry me, for you know I love you dearly
Martha, will you marry me, for you know I love you dearly
And if you say you'll marry me I'll take a job at the factory
We'll get a little house by the old canal, and have a bonny babe or two
Have a bonny babe or two

You know that I would marry you, says she, and oh so sweetly
You know that I would marry you, says she, and oh so sweetly
But my father is a prideful man, he'd never wed his daughter to a factory hand
He'd never let me live by the old canal, or have a bonny babe with you
Have a bonny babe with you

I'll go to your father with a bottle of gin, and in the drinking talk him over
I'll go to your father with a bottle of gin, and in the drinking talk him over
I don't think much of your chances dear, he takes his drinking all so well
He takes his drinking oh so well, I wouldn't waste your time with him
I wouldn't waste your time with him

But I went to the house with the big front door - I pray you, let me in, sir
I went to the house with the big front door - I pray you, let me in, sir
I've come for the hand of your own dear daughter, Martha says she'll marry me
Martha says she'll marry me, if you'll only let her go
If you'll only let her go

Martha, she won't see you, and she's locked the chamber door again
Martha, she won't see you, and she's locked the chamber door again
And though you are a fine young man, your shoes are thin and your jacket's torn
There's many another she's shown the door for the want of a shilling or two
For the want of a shilling or two

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from Sweet Apples from a Lemon Tree, released January 29, 2021
Dan Hands, fiddle and Stephen Fletcher, percussion

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Andy McLaughlin Durham, UK

Celtic accompanist and singer/songwriter

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