John Riley by cuthbert. published on 2014/03/13 01:22:00 +0000 An olde English ballad from the 17th Century about a fair young maid waiting for her long lost John Riley. I used some non-traditional instruments and mixed it up a bit. :) Lyrics (traditional): Fair young maid, all in her garden Strange young man, came riding by Saying "fair young maid, will you marry me?" This then sir, was her reply: "Oh no kind sir, I cannot marry thee For I've a love, who sails the deep salt sea Though he's been gone these seven years Still no man shall marry me…" "What if he's died, all in some battle slain? Or if he's drowned in the deep salt sea? What if he's found some other love? He and his new love both married be?" "If he's found some other love He and his new love both married be I wish them Hell…and happiness Where they now dwell all across the sea" He picked her up, all in his arms And kisses gave her, one, two, and three Saying "weep no more, my own true love I am your long lost John Riley" Saying "weep no more, my own true love I am your long lost John Riley"