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Clarence Ashley Lyrics
"House Carpenter"

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We'll met we'll met said an old true love
We'll met we'll met said he
I'm just returning from the salt salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee

Climb in climb in my old true love
And have a seat with me
It's been three-fourths of a long long year
Since together we have been

Well I can't come in or I can't sit down
For I haven't but a moment's time
They say you're married to a house carpenter
And your heart will never be mine

Now it's I coulda married a king's daughter here
I'm sure she'da married me
But I've forsaken her crowns of gold
And it's all for the love of thee

Now will you forsaken your house carpenter
And go along with me
I'll take you where the grass grows green
On the banks of the deep blue sea

She picked up here little babe
And kisses gave him three
Says stay right here my darling little babe
And keep your pappa company

Well they hadn't been on ship but about two weeks
I'm sure it wasn't three
Well his true love began to weep and mourn
And he weeped most bitterly

Says are you a-weepin' for my silver or my gold
Says are you weeping for my store
Are you weeping for that house carpenter
Whose face you'll never see any more

No it's I'm not a-weepin' for your silver or your gold
Or neither for your store
I am weeping for my darling little babe
Whose face I'll never see any more

Well they hadn't been on ship but about three weeks
I'm sure it wasn't four
'Til they sprung a leak in the bottom of the ship
And they sunk for to rise no more