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I once loved a lass and I loved her sae weel,
I hated all others who spoke of her ill,
But now shes rewarded me well for my love,
For shes gaun tae be wed tae another. 

I saw my love to the church go,
Wi bride groom and brides maidens, they made a fine show,
And I followed on wi my heart full of woe,
She was goin tae be wed tae another. 

I saw my love sit doon tae dine,
As I sat doon beside her I poured oot the wine.
I drank tae the lassie that should have been mine,
Even though shed been wed tae another. 

The men o the forest they askit o me,
How many strawberries grow in the salt sea?
I answered them all wi a tear in my ee
How many ships sail in the forest? 

Dig me a grave and dig it sae deep,
And cover me over my head tae my feet,
And I will lie doon and Ill tak a lang sleep,
And maybe in time Ill forget her.

Footnote: Another sad traditional song of unrequited love as sung by Roy Williamson and Ronnie Browne, The Corries, who through their live performances and mant television programmes did much to ensure the popularity of Scottish song.



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