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Early one morning come crawling and creeping,
I spied a fair maid was snoring and sleeping.
Lay over, lay over, lay your left leg over mine.

I said, “Fair maid, may I come to bed to you?”
She snored and replied, “I’m afraid you’ll undo me.”
Lay over...

“Oh no, fair maid I won’t undo you.”
She snored and replied, “Then come to bed to me.”
Lay over...

“You’ve got on drawers and I can’t undo them.” (3)
She snored and replied, “Then take a knife to them.”
Lay over...

“I ain’t had a knife since I can remember.” (3)
She snored and replied, “There’s one in the window.”
Lay over....

In about nine months and wasn’t that a wonder (3)
That it hadn’t got killed in that lightning and thunder.
Lay over...


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 1: From British Tradition, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson, Medford, MA, 5/09/74.


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