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Cruel Sister
The Pentangle Lyrics


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)

alternating with each of the lines below>

As one grew bright as is the sun,
So coal black grew the elder 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 he 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 own true love that 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 breastbone,
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 when they laid it on a stone
The harp began to play alone.

The first string sang a doleful sound:
"The bride her younger sister drowned."

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

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: B. JANSCH, D. THOMPSON, J. RENBOURNE, J. MC SHEE, T. COX

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Flying V Martin

Lyrics:

There lived a lady by the North Sea shore
(Lay the bairn 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 is the sun
So coal black grew the elder 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 he 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 own true love that 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 breastbone
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 drowned."
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."



Emanuele Avolio

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 is the sun
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
So coal black grew the elder one.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

A knight came riding to the lady's door
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
He'd travelled far to be their wooer.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

He courted one with gloves and rings
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
But he loved the other above all things.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

Oh sister will you go with me
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
To watch the ships sail on the sea?
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

She took her sister by the hand
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
And led her down to the North Sea strand.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

And as they stood on the windy shore
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
The dark girl threw her sister o'er.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
Crying, "Sister, reach to me your hand!
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

"Oh Sister, Sister, let me live
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
And all that's mine I'll surely give."
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

"(It's) your own true love that I'll haveand more
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
But thou shalt never come ashore."
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

And there she floated like a swan
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
The salt sea bore her body on.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

Two minstrels walked along the strand
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
And saw the maiden float to land.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

They made a harp of her breastbone
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
Whose sound would melt a heart of stone.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

They took three locks of her yellow hair,
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
And with them strung the harp so rare
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

They went into her father's hall
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
To play the harp before them all
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

But when they laid it on a stone
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
The harp began to play alone.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

The first string sang a doleful sound
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
"The bride her younger sister drowned."
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

The second string as that they tried,
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
In terror sits the black-haired bride.
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)

The third string sang beneath their bow,
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
"And surely now her tears will flow."
(Fa la la la la la la la la la)



All comments from YouTube:

Bunny Bgood

I played this song nonstop in 1972. I still love it. Jacqui McShee has an incredible voice.

unterwant

what a story ...
what a song ....
and her voice with the pantangles is in my ears since 1972 as well ....

Peter Lloyd

She does

Flying V Martin

Lyrics:

There lived a lady by the North Sea shore
(Lay the bairn 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 is the sun
So coal black grew the elder 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 he 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 own true love that 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 breastbone
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 drowned."
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."

Tom Hodges

Haunting!

K. Moreno

quite literally since it's supposed to be that selfsame song we're listening to!

Syfoll

Was there ever such an amazing folk group, at least in terms of each individual member being a major talent? I swear to god, every single one of these guys is amazing.

Syfoll

@Chris Dow not familiar with them

Chris Dow

Umm yes the dubliners. Every man a legend in his own right.

andy moore

@Syfoll Well, just how far could they take their talent? The world is not a fair place.

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