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Jennifer Gentle (Clancy Bros & T Makem) video
#1894: YouTube video by Pete
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, Jennifer Gentle and Rosemaree,
What is deeper than the sea?
And what is higher than the broadside,
As the dew falls over the mulberry tree?

What does make my heart feel glad,
And turn my winters into spring,
When all the world is so very sad?
It's the joy that Jennifer Gentle brings.

The sun has gotten the ocean's cold,
A lovely silver and pure bright gold;
While we lean girls walk down to rest,
On the welcome folds of the ocean's breast.

Love is deeper than the sea,
Jennifer Gentle and Rosemaree;
And the truth is higher than the broadside,
As the dew falls over the mulberry tree.

Oh, Jennifer Gentle and Rosemaree,
What is deeper than the sea?
And what is higher than the broadside,
As the dew falls over the mulberry tree?

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an English traditional, Riddles Wisely Expounded [Child ballad #1] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965) printed in Gilbert's Christmas Carols in 1893. Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, A Noble Riddle Wisely Expounded: or, The Maids Answer To The Knights Three Questions, published by F Coles, T Vere, J Wright, and J Clarke (all of London) sometime between 1674 and 1679, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: 4o Rawl, 566(193) ....####
The video above features a variant recorded by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem as side #2 of a single 45 RPM release (Beer, Beer, Beer & Jennifer Gentle, 1969, Columbia); and two later albums (Wrap The Green Flag, trk#6, 1994 CD, Columbia/Legacy); and a re-release album (Super Hits, trk#4, 2000 CD, Columbia/Legacy).

See more songs by the Clancy Brothers.

A variant was arranged and taped before a live audience by Tommy Makem and Ryan's Fancy for their television show on CHCH-TV from Hamilton, Ontario, from July to September, 1974.

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

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