Poor Sally Sits A-Weeping
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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This song appeared in the Journal of Folksong Society in 1907. It was collected by H. E. D. Hammond in Dorset in 1906.* It later appeared in Hammond's Folk Songs from Dorset (1908). Poor Sally sits a-weeping
Down by the seaside,
Poor Sally sits a-weeping
Down by the seaside.
What ails my pretty jewel?
What heart's pain so cruel?
What ails my pretty jewel,
That do cause her for to cry?

Oh! I am uneasy
And troubled in mind,
Oh! I am uneasy
And troubled in mind.
Here's no joy nor pleasure,
Here's sorrow none can measure,
Here's no joy nor pleasure
In this world can I find.

Now once had I a sweetheart,
But now have I none,
Now once had I a sweetheart,
But now have I none.
He's gone and he's leaved me,
He's gone, he's deceived me,
He's gone and he's leaved me
In sorrow for to mourn.

If he had but a-loved me,
As he did pretend,
If he had but a-loved me,
As he did pretend,
He never would have leaved me,
Nor never have deceived me,
He never would have leaved me
Until my life's end.

Oh! it's I will go seek him
Since he's gone from me,
Oh! it's I will go seek him
Since he's gone from me.
A ship, love, I will enter,
My sweet life I'll venture,
A ship, love, I will enter,
And cross the salt sea.

Here's a bunch of blue ribbon
I'll wear for his sake,
Here's a bunch of blue ribbon
I'll wear for his sake;
And that shall be my mourning,
My mourning, my mourning,
And that shall be my mourning
Till death me do take.

From English County Folk Songs
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*Information from Steve Roud's Folksong Index.