The House Carpenter

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The House Carpenter-Clarence Ashley
Clarence Ashley, vocal and banjo in sawmill tuning

"Well met, well met", said an old true love
"Well met, well met", said he
"I'm just returning from the salt, salt sea, and it's
All for the love of thee."

"Come in, come in, my old true love,
And have a seat with me.
It's been three fourths of a long, long year
Since together we have been."

"Well I can't come in, or I can't sit down,
For I haven't but a moment's time.
They say you're married to a house carpenter,
And your heart will never be mine."

"That's I could have married a king's daughter dear,
I'm sure she'd've married me.
But I've forsaken her crowns of gold,
And it's all for the love of thee."

"Now will you forsaken your house carpenter,
And go along with me?
I'll take you where the grass grows green
On the banks of the deep blue sea."

She picked up her little babe,
And kisses gave it three
Says, "Stay right here, my darling little babe,
And keep your papa company."

Well they hadn't been on ship but about two weeks,
I'm sure it was not three
'Til his true love began to weep and mourn
And he weeped most bitterly

Says, "Are you a-weeping for my silver or my gold?"
Says, "Are you a-weeping for my store?
Are you weeping for that house carpenter
Whose face you'll never see any more?"

"No, it's I'm not a-weeping for your silver or your gold
Or neither for your store.
I am weeping for my darling little babe
Whose face I'll never see any more."

Well, they hadn't been on ship but about three weeks,
I'm sure it was not four
'Til they sprung a leak in the bottom of the ship
And it's sunken for to rise no more

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