the wars

the wars

Pete Seeger - Dangerous Songs - Jackaro

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There was a wealthy merchant, in London he did dwell He had a lovely daughter, the truth to you I'll tell Oh, the truth to you I'll tell Her sweethearts they were plentiful, she courted day and night Until on Jackie Fraser she placed her heart's delight Oh, she placed her heart's delight "Oh daughter dearest daughter, your body I'll confine If none but Jack the sailor can ever suit your mind Oh, can ever suit your mind" "This body you may 'prison, my heart you can't confine There's none but Jackie Fraser shall have this heart o' mine Oh, shall have this heart o' mine" Her parents saw him comin', they flew in an angry way They gave him forty shillings to bear him far away Oh, to bear him far away He sailed across the ocean, across the deep blue sea Till safely he was landed in the wars of Germany Oh, the wars of Germany She went down to a tailor shop, she dressed in men's array She laboured for the captain to bear her far away Oh, to bear her far away "Before you step on board, sir, your name I'd like to know" She smiled all in her countenance, "They call me Jackaro Oh, they call me Jackaro" "Your waist is far too slender, your fingers they are small Your cheeks too red and rosy to face the cannonball Oh, to face the cannonball" "I know my waist is slender, my fingers they are small, But I would not change my countenance to see ten thousand fall Oh, to see ten thousand fall" She sailed across the ocean, across the deep blue sea Till safely she was landed in the wars of Germany Oh, the wars of Germany She went out to the battlefield, she viewed it up and down Among the dead and dying, her darling boy she found Oh, her darling boy she found She picked him up most tenderly, she carried him to the town She sent for a physician to cure up all his wounds Oh, to cure up all his wounds This couple now are married, so well did they agree, This couple now are married, so why not you and me? Oh, so why not you and me?