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Kingston Trio – Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies lyrics

Bill Hansen

Come all ye fair and tender ladies. Be careful how you court your men.
They're like a star on a summer morning. They'll first appear and then their gone.

How I remember our days of courtin'. I met my love in the fading light,
But now she flies to meet another. The day is lonely as the night.

If I had known before I courted that true love was so hard to win.
I'd a-locked my heart in a box of golden and never opened it again.

I'll find a place come tomorrow. I'll climb some mountain way up high.
There I'll sit down to weep in sorrow and try to mend my troubled mind.

(Repeat first verse)

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    I don't know who Bil Hansen was, but I do know that this spiritual has existed for a lot longer than any Bill Hansen, which is probably another Kingston Trio pseudonym. The Trio has taken a lot of flack from the folk song community on the internet for using strum patterns originating in Hawai'i (where two of the original Trio grew up) in performing this Negro spiritual, but that doesn't bother me at all, I think their version of it is just lovely.
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