3. The Lambs on the Green Hills

Margot was told by another musician (Steve Berger) at the Wednesday back room session that this song would suit her, and it does. It’s a traditional song about love and loss: the protagonist is very much in love with a lady but did not act quickly enough upon his feelings. Now the lady is getting married to someone else, but the her former lover fails to process the new situation. In the end he decides that the best way to forget her is to take a look at the other side of the grass. There are many, many versions of this song, and a very interesting essay was written about it. Read it here if you want to know more!


The lambs on the green hills they sport and they play
And many strawberries grow round the salt sea
How sad is my heart when my own love’s away
How many’s the ship sails the ocean

The bride and bride’s party to church they did go
The bride she rode foremost, she bears the best show
But I followed after with my heart full of woe
To see my love wed to another

The next time I saw her ’twas in the church stand
Gold rings on her finger and her love by her hand
Says I, My wee lassie, I will be the man
Although you are wed to another

The last time I saw her ’twas on the way home
I rode on before her, not knowing where to roam
Says I, My wee lassie, I’ll be by your side
Although you are wed to another

Stop stop, says the groomsman, till I speak a word
Will you carry your life on the point of my sword
For courting so slowly you’ve lost this fair maid
So, begone, for you’ll never enjoy her

Oh dig now my grave, make it long, wide and deep
And sprinkle it over with flowers so sweet
And lay me down in it to take my last sleep
For that’s the best way to forget her

***This song is a traditional***