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The Ferryman's Daughter

Music and lyrics by Donovan P. Leitch


Way deep down in the greenwood, oh
A-rap, tap, tapping on a window
A young blade and a ramblin boy
A-crossed the wide river to go
The river was wide, the river was deep
And all within the cottage seemed asleep

By and by, a young girl came
Blinking sleep from her dark eye
She put her finger to her lip
So young and yet not so shy
The river and deep, the river and wide
He went to the scullery and step inside

I tell to ye a rovin' tale
Or recite to you a fable
If you will give to me some bread
And a little hot soup if you're able
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father is asleep

Then she put on a cloak of wool
And a pair of fine boots of deerskin
Lowering her pretty dark eye
When he caught a glimpse of her fair skin
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father is asleep

He laid her down in the greenwood, oh
Squirrel and a rabbit did scamper
He sang her the ancient a-roving tale
And melody did enchant her
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father lay asleep

They bid farewell by the riverbank
He looked long into her dark eye
An otter splashed and quickly sank
Greylag goose in the gray sky
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father lay asleep


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The Ferryman's Daughter (Live In Japan Version)

Music and lyrics by Donovan P. Leitch


This is a... bit of fun for me making songs that sound like traditional songs. And this one's... sort of I like.

Way deep down in the greenwood, oh
A-rap, tap, tapping on a window
A young blade and a ramblin boy
A-crossed the wide river to go
The river is wide, the river is deep
All within the cottage seemed asleep

By and by, a young girl came
Blinking sleep from her dark eye
She put her finger to her lip
So young and yet not so shy
The river is weep, the river is wide
Come to the scholary and step inside, sir

I tell to ye a roven tale
Or recite to you a fable
If you will give to me some bread
And a little hot soup if you're able
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father lies asleep
Oh, oh, oh, oh, dear

She, then, she put on a cloak of wool
And a pair of fine boots of a-deerskin
A-lowering her pretty dark eye
When he caught a glimpse of her fair skin
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father lay asleep

He laid her down in the greenwood, oh
Squirrel and a rabbit did scamper
He sang her the ancient a-roving tale
And the melody did enchant her
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father lay asleep

They bid farewell by the riverbank
He looked long into her dark eye
An otter splashed and quickly sank
Greylag goose in the gray sky
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father lay asleep

Thank you, thanks. Thanks very much.

 

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The Ferryman's Daughter (Celtia Version)

Music and lyrics by Donovan P. Leitch


Way deep down in the greenwood, oh
A-rap tap tapping on the window
A young blade and a rambli'n boy
A-crossed the wide river to go
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman inside fast asleep

By and by a young girl came
Blinking sleep from her dark eye
She put her finger to her lip
So young and yet not so shy
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father's fast asleep

I tell to ye a roven tale
Or recite to you a fable
If you will give to me some bread
And a little hot soup if you're able
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father fast asleep

She put on a cloak of wool
And a pair of fine boots of deerskin
Lowering her pretty dark eye
He caught a glimpse of her fair skin
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father's fast asleep

He laid her down in the greenwood, oh
Squirrel and a rabbit did scamper
He sang her the ancient roving tale
The melody did enchant her
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father fast asleep

They bid farewell by the riverbank
He looked long into her dark eye
An otter splashed and quickly sank
Greylag goose in the gray sky
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father fast asleep

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