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Patience, my boy, patience


I was in love with a beautiful servant girl
Rosie by name, and by nature a pure delight
She fancied me, or so I convinced myself, watching her lighting the candles at night

One fine summer's day I plucked up the courage
I asked her to marry me, "Rosie, please marry me!"
Rosie said, "No, if just for the detail that I'm nearly thirty and you're only five!"

Laden with grief I struggled to manhood
And took to the service upon an Eastindiaman
Better by far to reside on the ocean and far from sweet Rosie who had denied me

Many years passed, and I never set eyes on her
Until I caught sight of a barmaid in Liverpool
Is it yourself? Is it Rosie my darling? Oh, tell me your story, and I'll tell you mine

I'll tell you my story, I married a soldier
And he went to war and he never came back to me
Now I'm alone, and I'm looking for company, would you consider an old girl like me?

You know, I just might! You don't look too bad to me
Any port in a storm for a poor sailorman
Gather your shawl, and collect your last wages, for no girl of mine works for fourpence a night

And so we were wed, now she sits across from me
Smoking a clay pipe, and not a tooth in her head
I'll tell you for free, there's one thing for sure, you get nothing in life if you don't persevere!


from Sweet Apples from a Lemon Tree, released January 29, 2021
Stephen Fletcher, percussion


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Andy McLaughlin Durham, UK

Celtic accompanist and singer/songwriter

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