I ONCE LOVED A LASS

Trad. arr. John Jones / Alan Prosser
Universal Music 1995

First released on: fRoots Magazine compilation #6, 1996

I once loved a lass and I loved her so well
that I hated all others who spoke of her ill
and now shes rewarded me well for my love
for shes gone to be wed to another

when the day came to the church she did go
and the bride and the bridesmaids they made a fine show
and I followed after with my heart full of woe
to see her get wed to another

the parson that married them, aloud he did cry
all you that forbid it, Ill have you stand by
and I thought to myself, Ive a good reason why
but I had not the heart to forbid it

so dig me a grave and dig it so deep
and cover it over with flowers so sweet
that I might lie down and take a long sleep
and maybe in time Ill forget her

the men of the forest, they ask it of me
how many strawberries grow in the salt sea?
I answer them back with a tear in my eye
how many ships sail in the forest?