#03026
Fair And Tender Ladies (American traditional)
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#1623 YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Come all you fair and tender ladies,
Take warning how you court young men;
For they're like a star on a cloudy morning,
First they'll appear and then they're gone.

They'll tell to you some loving story,
They'll swear to you that their love is true;
And straight away they'll go,
they'll court some other,
And that's the love they have for you.

Do you remember our days of courting,
You told to me that you loved me best;
You could have me believe
with the falling of your arm,
That the sun rose in the West.

If I had known before I courted,
I never would have courted none,
I'd have locked my heart in a box of golden,
Fastened down with a silver pin.

So come all you fair and tender ladies,
Take warning how you court young men;
For they're like a star on a cloudy morning,
First they'll appear and then they're gone.

####.... Variant of a traditional American song found and collected mainly in the Appalachia region ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by the Irish traditional music band Danú (Think Before You Think, trk#5, 2000, Shanachie Records, Newton, New Jersey).

The video above features an excellent cover performance of this variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Sydney, Nova Scotia.



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