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Lord Lovel’s standing by his white castle gate,
A-combing his milk white steed.
Along came Lady Nancy Bell,
A-wishing her lover good speed. (2)

“When will you be back, Lord Lovel?” she said,
“When will you be back?” said she.
“In a year or two, or three at least,
I’ll return to my Lady Nancy.“ (2)

Well, he hadn’t been gone a year or two,
Or maybe it was not three,
‘Til loving thoughts came in his mind,
“Lady Nancy I’ll go see.” (2)

Well, he rode and he rode on his milk white steed,
‘Til he came into London’s town,
And there he heard the prince’s bell
And the people all mourning around. (2)

“Oh, what is the matter,” Lord Lovel, he said
“Oh, what is the matter?” said he.“
Well, the Lord Lady’s dead,” a woman replied,
“And some calls her Lady Nancy.” (2)

Well, he ordered her grave to be opened wide,
Her shroud unfolded down,
And there he kissed her clay cold cheeks,
‘Til the tears came streaming down. (2)


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 1: From British Tradition, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Barbara Kunkle, Pound, VA, 1974). Previously unissued.


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