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Well, the first come down was dressed in red.
The next come down in green.
Next come down Lord Daniel’s wife,
Fair as any queen, queen,
Fair as any queen.

“May I go home with you little love?
Home with you tonight?”
“I can tell by the rings you wear,
You are Lord Daniel’s wife, wife,
You are Lord Daniel’s wife.”

The little foot-path was a standing by,
And he heard every word was said.
“If I don’t die ‘fore the break of day,
Lord Daniel’ll hear of that, that,
Lord Daniel’ll hear of that.”

Well, he had about sixteen miles to go,
Eight of them he run Run,
‘Til he came to the broken down bridge,
Fell to his breast and he swum, swum,
Fell to his breast and he swum, swum,
Rattled at the door and she rung.
Rattled at the door and it rung, rung,
Rattled at the door and it rung.

“What is the matter, my little foot-path?
What is the matter now?”
“Another man’s in the bed with your wife,
And both their hearts is one, one,
Both their hearts is one.”

Well, he called his army to his side,
Told them for to go,
They threw them bugles to their mouth,
They began to blow, blow,
They began to blow.

“Get up, get up my old true love,
Better get up and go.
Lord Daniel’s coming home this night;
I can hear them bugles blow, blow,
Hear them bugles blow.”

They begin to hugging and a kissing.
They both fell off to sleep.
When they awoke, their hearts was broke;
Lord Daniel was at their feet, feet,
Lord Daniel was at their feet.

“Get up, get up, little Mattie Groves.
Fight me for your life.”
“How can I fight you for my life?
You two brand new swords,
Me not much as a pocket knife, knife,
Not much as a pocket knife.”

“Oh, yes, I have two brand new swords,
The best I’ll give to thee.”
And the very first lick Lord Daniel took,
Lowered Mattie Groves to his knee.
And the very first lick little Mattie Groves took,
He destroyed Lord Daniel’s soul, soul,
He destroyed Lord Daniel’s soul.


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 1: From British Tradition, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson and Ken Irwin, Chattaroy, WV, 3/02/76.


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