The Prisoner's Song

Melody - a variation of The Ship That Never Returned


Meet me by moonlight alone,
And then I will tell you a tale,
Must be told by the moonlight alone,
In the grove at the end of the vale.

You must promise to come, for I said
I would show the night flowers their queen,
Nay, turn not away that sweet head!
'Tis the loveliest ever was seen!

|: Oh! meet me by moonlight alone,
Meet me by moonlight alone! :|

1. Meet me tonight, lover, meet me,
O meet me in the moonlight alone,
I have a sad story to tell you,
Must be told in the moonlight alone.

2. I'm going to jail to-morrow,
And leave my poor darlin' alone,
With the cold prison bars all around me,
And my head on a pillow of stone.

3. Your father and mother don't like me,
Or they'd never've drove me from their door;
If I had my life to live over
I would never go there no more.

4. I wish I had never been born
Or had died when I was young.
I would never have saw your sweet face
Or heard your lying tongue.

5. If I had a-minded my mother
I had been with her today,
But I was young and foolish
And you stole my heart away.

6. I have three ships on the ocean
all laden with silver and gold;
And before my darlin' should suffer
I'd have them all anchored and sold.

7. If I had the wings of an eagle
Across the wide sea I would fly.
I would fly to the arms of my darling
And there I would stay till I die.