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House Carpenter
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"Well met, well met, my own true love,
well met, well met," cried he.
"I've just returned from the salt, salt sea
all for the love of thee."

"I could have married the King's daughter dear,
she would have married me.
But I have forsaken her crowns of gold
all for the love of thee."

"Well, if you could have married the King's daughter dear, I'm sure you are to blame,
For I am married to a house carpenter,
and find him a nice young man."

"Will you forsake your house carpenter
and go along with me?
I'll show you where the grass grows green,
on the banks of the salt, salt sea."

"If I forsake my house carpenter
and go along with thee,
What have you got to maintain me with,
keep me from poverty?"

"Six ships, six ships all out on the sea,
seven more upon dry land,
One hundred and ten all brave sailing men
will be at your command."

She picked up her own wee babe,
and kisses gave him three,
Saying "Stay right here with my house carpenter,
keep him good company.

Then she putted on her rich attire,
so glorious to behold.
And as she walked down the streets,
she shown like the glittering gold.

Well, they'd not been gone but about two weeks,
I know it was not three.
When our fair maiden began to weep,
she wept most bitterly.

"Why do you weep, my own true love,
Is it for your gold in store?
Or do you weep for your house carpenter
who never you shall see anymore?"

"I do not weep for my house carpenter
or for any golden store.
I do weep for my own wee babe,
who never I shall see anymore."

Well, they'd not been gone but about three weeks,
I'm sure it was not four.
When our fair ship sprang a leak and sank,
never to be seen anymore.

"What hills, what hills are those, my love,
that lie so fair and high?"
"Those are the hills of heaven, my love,
for which we must deny."

"What hills, what hills are those, my love,
that lie so deep and low?"
"Those are the hills of hell, my love,
where you and I must go."