187 Banks of Green Willow
Oh it's of a young sea-captain
Lived by the seaside o -
He courted a farmer's daughter
And he made her his bride o -.
Go, and fetch some of your father's gold
Likewise your mother's money.
And you shall sail along with me,
And I'll make you my honey.
She fetched him some of her father's gold,
Likewise her money’s [sic] money,
And she did sail along with him,
To the Banks of Green Willow.
They had not been aboard ship
6 months or so many,
Before she wanted woman's help
And she couldn't get any.
"Pray what is your woman's help
Cannot I do it for thee!"
"No you can't do it for me,
For love nor for money."
"Come bind a napkin round my head
Come bind it so softly,
And throw me ed heroverboard
Both me & my she & herbaby."
So he bound the napkin round her head
He bound it so softly,
And then throwed her overboard,
Both she and her baby.
O look you boys, O look you there
O see how she quivers.
She swam till she came
To the banks of green willows.
O my love shall have a coffin made
Lined with gold & bright silver.
And she shall be buried
On the banks of green willow.
Come you toll the bell come toll the bell.
Come you toll it so softly,
For its my true love that is dead & gone,
Whom I once loved so dearly.
Journal ll. 33