#01984
As I Roved Out (Ryan's Fancy)
See also: As I Roved Out (The Fables)
And also: As I Roved Out (Great Big Sea)
And also: Seventeen Come Sunday (Peacock)
And also: I'll Be Seventeen Come Sunday (Peacock)
#518: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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As I roved out on a May morning,
On a May morning right surly;
I met me love upon the way,
And, Lord, but she was early.

And she sang:
Lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lee,
She-hi-da-lum-a-de-she-hi-da-lum-a-dee
And-she-lan-da.

Her boots were black and her stockings white,
And her buckles shone like silver;
She had a dark and a rovin' eye,
And her earrings tipped her shoulder.

And she sang:
Lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lee,
She-hi-da-lum-a-de-she-hi-da-lum-a-dee
And-she-lan-da.

Well, I to her house on the top of the hill,
Where the moon was shining clearly:
And she arose to let me in,
But her old one chanced to hear her.

And she sang:
Lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lee,
She-hi-da-lum-a-de-she-hi-da-lum-a-dee
And-she-lan-da.

She caught her by the hair of the head
And out of the room she brought her;
And with the butt of a hazel twig,
She was a well beat daughter.

And she sang:
Lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lee,
She-hi-da-lum-a-de-she-hi-da-lum-a-dee
And-she-lan-da.

Will ya marry me now, me soldier lad,
Marry me now or never;
Ah, marry me now, me soldier lad,
Can't you see I'm done forever?

I can't marry you, me bonnie wee lass,
I can't marry you, me honey;
For I have me own wife at home,
And how can I disown her?

And she sang:
Lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lee,
She-hi-da-lum-a-de-she-hi-da-lum-a-dee
And-she-lan-da.

Well, now a pint at night is my delight,
And a gallon in the mornin';
The old women they are my heartbreak,
But the young ones are me darlin'.

And she sang:
Lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lee,
She-hi-da-lum-a-de-she-hi-da-lum-a-dee
And-she-lan-da.

And she sang:
Lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lip-a-do-da-lee,
She-hi-da-lum-a-de-she-hi-da-lum-a-dee
And-she-lan-da.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad [Laws O17] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a British broadside ballad, Seventeen Come Sunday, published by J Paul and Co. (London) sometime between 1838 and 1845, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth b.34(67) ....####

This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs, trk#10, 1982, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded as As I Roved Out by The Fables (A Time, 2000).

See more songs by The Fables.

A variant was also recorded as As I Roved Out by Great Big Sea - Pre GBS (Rankin Street Tape - Live At The Blarneystone, 1991).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

Kenneth Peacock also recorded a variant as Seventeen Come Sunday on the album Songs and Ballads of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956) Cut #B.07.

Two other variants were collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as I'll Be Seventeen Come Sunday in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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