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    MICHAEL
    (Words and Music by Joan Baez)

    In the time spent in the foggy dew
    With the raven and the dove
    Barefoot she walked the winter streets
    In search of her own true love

    For she was Mary Hamilton
    And lover of John Riley
    And the maid of constant sorrow
    And the mother of the doomed Geordie

    One day by the banks of the river
    Midst tears and gossamer
    Sweet Michael rowed his boat ashore
    And came to rescue her

    And fill thee up my loving cup
    Fast and to the brim
    How many fair and tender maids
    Could love as she could then?

    For he was likened to Pretty Boy Floyd
    And also John Riley
    And a rake and rambling railroad boy
    And the Silkie of the Sule Skerry

    And there in the arms of Michael
    In their stolen hour
    Loud rang the bells of Rhymney
    From the ancient church bell tower

    And there in the night with Michael
    While he lay fast asleep
    She put her head to the window pane
    And in the fullness of love did weep

    And fill thee up my loving cup
    Fast and to the brim
    How many fair and tender maids
    Will love as she did then?

    You've heard of the House of the Rising Sun
    And what careless love can do
    You've heard of the wildwood flower
    That fades in the morning dew

    And of the ship that circles three times round
    And sinks beneath the sea
    You've heard of Barbary Allen
    And now you've heard of me

    So fill thee up my loving cup
    Fast and to the brim
    How many fair and tender maids
    Will ever love again?

    © 1979 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP)


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