This old song has been described as dating back to the days of the famine (1840?s), when any bit of property at all was enough to tempt a man to jilt his true love in favour of the lassie with the land.
As I Roved Out (Traditional)
As I roved out, on a bright May morning, To view the meadows and flowers gay Whom should I spy but my own true lover As she sat under yon willow tree.
I took off my hat and I did salute her I did salute her, most courageously When she turned around, well, the tears fell from her Saying, False young man, you have deluded me.
A diamond ring I owned I gave you, A diamond ring to wear on your right hand But the vows you made, love, you went and broke them And married the lassie that had the land.
If I married the lassie that had the land, my love, It's that I'll rue 'til the day I die When misfortune falls, sure no man can shun it I was a blind fool, I'll ne'er deny.
Now at nights when I go to my bed of slumber The thoughts of my true love run in my mind When I turn around to embrace my darling Instead of gold, sure 'tis brass I find.
And I wish the Queen would call home her army, From the West Indies, Amerikay and Spain And every man to his wedded woman In hopes that you and I will meet again.
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