#03504
I Never Will Marry (Sons Of Erin) video
See also: I Never Will Marry (The Masterless Men)
#2291: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

I never will marry, I'll be no man's wife;
I intend to stay single all the days of my life.

One day as I rambled down by the seashore,
The wind it did whistle, and the waters did roar;
I spied a fair maiden give a pitiful fly,
She sounded so lonesome in the waters nearby.

I never will marry, I'll be no man's wife;
I intend to stay single all the days of my life.

My love's gone and left me, he's the one I adore,
I never will see him, no, never no more;
The fish in deep waters will swim over my head,
The shells in the ocean will be my deathbed.

I never will marry, I'll be no man's wife;
I intend to stay single all the days of my life.

She plunged her fair body in the water so deep,
She closed her pretty blue eyes forever to sleep.

I never will marry, I'll be no man's wife;
I intend to stay single all the days of my life.

I never will marry, I'll be no man's wife;
I intend to stay single all the days of my life.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad [Laws K17] Down By The Sea Shore, American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Lover's Lament For Her Sailor, published by J Pitts (London) sometime between 1819 and 1844, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(2238) ....####
This variant was recorded by Sons Of Erin featuring Chris Hennessy, Ralph O'Brien and Robert O'Donovan (The Town I Loved So Well, trk#4, 1978 LP, Erinson Records, St John's, NL, produced by Sons of Erin and recorded at Audio Atlantic Recording Studios, Halifax, Nova Scotia).

See more songs by Sons of Erin.

A variant was also recorded as I Never Will Marry by The Masterless Men (Back On Track / The Masterless Men, trk#10, 2000, produced by the Masterless Men and Spencer Crewe, Mount Pearl, NL, Landwash Distribution Ltd).

See more songs by The Masterless Men.


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