House Carpenter

(Traditional)

From the album The House Carpenter’s Daughter

“Well met, well met and I know true love, well met, well met,” said he.
“I’m just returning from the salt, salt sea and it’s all for the love of thee.” “Come in, come in my own true love and have a seat with me. It’s been three-fourths of a long, long year since together we have been.”

“No I can’t come in and I can’t sit down for I have but a moment’s time, they say that you’re married to a house carpenter and your heart shall never be mine.” “I could have married the king’s daughter fair; she would have married me but I forsaked upon her crowns of gold and it’s all for the love of thee.” “Now will you forsake on your house carpenter and go along with me? I’ll take you where the grass grows green on the banks of the bitter reeds.”

She pick’d up her wee little babe and kisses gave it three, saying, “stay right here my darling little one keep your papa company.”

Now they had not been on the ship two weeks, I swear it was not three
when his true love began to weep and moan and she wept most bitterly. “Well, are you weeping for my silver and gold; are you weeping for my store? Or are you weeping for that house carpenter that you ne’er shall see no more?”

“A curse, a curse on the sailor” she cried. A curse, a curse, a curse she swore
you robbed me of my sweet little babe that I never shall see no more!”

They had not been on the ship three weeks, I swear it was not four until there came a leak in the ship and she sank to rise no more.