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Riptide Mary And The Soldier
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Brian Ó hEadhra, Aimée Leonard, Treasa Harkin & Neil Davey
Appears On: Riptide
Language: English


Come, all ye lads so fiery now
That would hear of a fair young maiden
And she looked out on a summer's day
For to view the soldiers parading
They marched so bold and they looked so gay
With the colors flying and the bands did play
And it caused young Mary for to say
"I'll wed you, me gallant soldier"

Well, she viewed the soldiers on parade
And as they stood at their leisure
And Mary to herself did say
"At last I've found my treasure
But oh how cruel me parents must be
To banish me darlin' so far from me
Well, I'll leave them all and I'll go with thee
Me bold, undaunted soldier"

Oh Mary dear, your parents love
I pray don't be unruly
For when you're in a foreign land
Believe me, you'll rue it surely
Perhaps in battle I might fall
From a shot, from an angry cannon ball
And you so far from your daddy's hall
Be advised by a gallant soldier

And I have fifty guineas in bright gold
Likewise a heart that's burning
And I'll leave them all and I'll go with you
Me bold undaunted soldier
So don't say no, but let me go
And I will face each daring foe
And we'll march together to and fro
And I'll wed you, me gallant soldier

When he saw her loyalty
And Mary so true hearted
He said, "Me darlin', married we'll be
And nothing but death will part us
And when we're in a foreign land
I'll guard you, darlin', with my right hand
And I hope that God might stand a friend
To Mary and her gallant soldier"