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Cruel sister

Found in Cruel_Sister_1.abc from the John Chambers abc collection
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Cruel sister anon. (Scotland) = 88 There lived a lad y by the North Sea shore. (Lay the Dm A 4 3 bent to the bon nie broom) Two daught ers were the babes she F A Dm bore (Fa la la la la la la la la la) As one grew C Dm C Dm Dm bright as in the sun, (Lay the bent to the bon nie broom) Dm A F so coal black grew the oth er A Dm one. (Fa la la la la la la la la la) C Dm C Dm Dm There lived a lady by the North Sea shore. Lay the bent to the bonnie broom Two daughters were the babes she bore. Fa la la la la la la la la la As one grew bright as in the sun, so coal black grew the other one. A knight came riding to the lady's door. He'd travelled far to be their wooer. He courted one with gloves and rings, but loved the other above all things. Oh sister will you go with me to watch the ships sail on the sea? She took her sister by the hand and led her down to the North Sea strand. And as they stood on the windy shore, the dark girl threw her sister o'er. Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam, crying "sister, reach to me your hand. Oh sister, sister let me live, and all that's mine I'll surely give." "It's your truelove I'll have and more, but thou shalt never come ashore." And there she floated like a swan. The salt sea bore her body on. Two minstrels walked along the strand and saw the maiden float to land. They made a harp of her breast bone whose sound would melt a heart of stone. They took three locks of her yellow hair and with them strung the harp so rare. They went into her father's hall to play the harp before them all. But as they laid it on a stone, the harp began to play alone. The first string sang a doleful sound; The bride her younger sister drwoned. The second string as that they tried, in terror sits the black-haired bride. The third string sang beneath their bow, and surely now her tears will flow. www.abcnotation.com/tunes

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