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I Yince Lo'ed a Lass
(
I Once Loved a Lass)
Traditional. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: Another Scottish unrequited love song. The melody is haunting.
I Yince Lo’ed a Lass

E                                                          A
I yince lo
’ed a lass; and I lo’ed her sae wiel
        E                              D                 B7
And I hated all ithers wha spake o’ her ill
      E                 A                E
And noo she’s rewardin’ me wiel for ma love
              D                   A           E             D - A
For she’s bound tae be wed tae anither


When I saw ma love tae the kirk go
Wi’ bride and bride maidens, they made a fine show
And I fallaed them an wi’ a heart fu’ o’ woe
For she’s bound tae be wed tae anither

When I saw ma love sit doon tae dine
I sat doon aside her and poured oot the wine
And I drank tae the love wha should hae been mine
And noo she is wed tae anither

The men o’ the forest asked o’ me
How mony strawberries graw in the saut sea
And I answered the back wi’ a tear in ma ee
How mony ships sail in the forest

Oh, dig me a grave, and dig it sae deep
And cover it ower wi’ floorets sae sweet
And it’s there I’ll turn in for tae tak a lang sleep
And maybe, in a while, I’ll forget her

So they dug him a grave, and they dug it sae deep
And they’ve covered it ower wi’ floorets sae sweet
And it’s there he’s turned in for tae tak a lang sleep
And maybe, by this time, he’s forgot her