Cruel mother

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There was a lady, lived in York,
All alone and aloney
She fell in love with her father’s clerk,
Down by the greenwood sidy.

She loved him up, she loved him down,
All alone and aloney
She loved him till he filled her arms
Down by the greenwood sidey.

She leaned her back against an oak,
All alone and aloney
First it bent and then it broke
Down by the greenwood sidey.

She leaned her back against a thorn,
All alone and aloney
And there she had two fine babies born.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

She pulled down her yellow hair,
All alone and aloney
She bound it around their feet and hands.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

She pulled out a wee penknife,
All alone and aloney
Stabbed those two babes to the heart.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

She laid them under a marble stone,
All alone and aloney
Then she turned as a fair maid home.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

One day she was sitting in her father’s hall,
All alone and aloney
She saw two babes come playing at ball.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

Babes, oh babes, if you were mine,
All alone and aloney
I’d dress you up in scarlet fine.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

Mother, oh, mother, it’s we were yours,
All alone and aloney
Scarlet fine was Our Own heart’s blood.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

You wiped your penknife on your shoe,
All alone and aloney
The more you wiped, more red it grew.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

You laid us under a marble stone,
All alone and aloney
Now you sit as a fair maid home.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

Babes, oh, babes, it’s Heaven for you,
All alone and aloney
Mother, oh, mother, it’s Hell for you.
Down by the greenwood sidey.

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