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 she’s rewarded me well for my love for she’s 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, I’ll have you stand by” and I thought to myself, “I’ve 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 I’ll 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?