4Twas early in the month of spring
When Willie went to serve the king.
The night was dark and the wind blew high
I had to part for my Willie boy.
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Father, father make me a boat,
He4s on the ocean, that4s all I know.
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I4ll watch the ships as they pass by,
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I will enquire for my Willie boy.
She sailed the sea for one day or two
When she met a captain and his jolly crew.
Oh please dear captain, tell me true,
Did my Willie boy sail on board with you?
What colour of clothes did your Willie wear?
What colour of hair had your Willie dear?
He wore a jacket of royal blue,
His hair was black, and his heart was true.
Indeed fair maiden, he is not here,
He4s on the deep that I greatly fear.
At St. Andrew4s Bay as we passed by
I lost nine more and your Willie boy.
She shook her head and she tore her hair
She was a lady in deep despair.
She crashed her boat against a rock
Crying How could I live when my love is lost?
She wrote a letter and she wrote it long,
And in this letter she wrote a song.
At every line she shed a tear,
At every line she cried Willie dear!
Father, Father make me a grave.
Dig it long and dig it deep,
And at my head lay a gentle dove
So the world will know that I died of love.