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Greensleeves (16th-Century Traditional) MIDI, videos
#725: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
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Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
to cast me off discourteously;
For I have lovéd you so long,
delighting in your company.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

Your vows you've broken, like my heart,
oh why did you so enrapture me?
Now I remain in a world apart,
but my heart remains in captivity.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

I have been ready at your hand,
to grant whatever you would crave;
I have both wagered life and land,
your love and good-will for to have.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

If you intend thus to disdain,
it does the more enrapture me;
And even so, I still remain,
a lover in captivity.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

My men were clothéd all in green,
and they did ever wait on thee;
All this was gallant to be seen,
and yet thou wouldst not love me.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

Thou couldst desire no earthly thing,
but still thou hadst it readily;
Thy music still to play and sing,
and yet thou wouldst not love me.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

Well, I will pray to God on high,
that thou my constancy mayst see;
And that yet once before I die,
thou wilt vouchsafe to love me.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

Ah, Greensleeves, now farewell,adieu,
to God I pray to prosper thee;
For I am still thy lover true,
come once again and love me.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight;
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
and who but my Lady Greensleeves.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 16th-century traditional lament by a man rejected by Lady Greensleeves ....####
This variant and the video above feature a performance by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Gordon Quinton of Windsor, NL (Guitar Songs, trk#6, 1979, Independent, produced at Clode Sound Studios, Stephenville, NL).

A variant was also arranged and recorded by Lloyd Bartlett of Corner Brook, NL (Christmas Chords / Lloyd Bartlett With Heather Tuach, trk#8, 2006, produced by Lloyd Snow, Corner Brook, NL).

The video below features a longer variant performed by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.


#884: YouTube video by raymondcrooke ©2009
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