Jack-A-Roe

Oh, there was a wealthy merchant, in London he did dwell.

He had a lovely daughter, the truth to you I'll tell,

Oh, the truth to you I'll tell.

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She had sweethearts a-plenty and men of high degree.

There was none but Jackie Frazier, her true love e'er to be,

Oh, her true love e'er to be.

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"Oh daughter, oh daughter, your body I will confine.

If none but Jack the sailor would ever suit your mind,

Oh, would ever suit your mind.

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"This body you may imprison, my heart you can't confine.

There's none but Jack the sailor would have this heart of mine,

Oh, would have this heart of mine.

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Now Jackie's gone sailing with trouble on his mind.

To leave his native country and his darling girl behind,

Oh, his darling girl behind.

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She went into the tailor shop and dressed in men's array,

Then she went into the vessel to convey herself away,

Oh, convey herself away.

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"Before you step onboard, sir, your name I'd like to know."

She smiled all in her countenance, said, "They call me Jack-A-Roe,

Oh, they call me Jack-A-Roe."

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"Your waist is light and slender, your fingers neat and small,

Your cheeks too red and rosy for to face the cannonball,

Oh, to face the cannonball.

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"I know my waist is slender and my fingers they are small,

But they would not make me tremble for to see ten thousand fall,

Oh, to see ten thousand fall."

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The war soon being over, they hunted all around.

Among the dead and dying her darling love she found,

Oh, her darling love she found.

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She picked him up all in her arms and carries him to town,

And sent for her physician to quickly heal his wounds,

Oh, to quickly heal his wounds.

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This couple, they got married, so well they did agree,

This couple they got married, so why not you and me,

Oh, so why not you and me.

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by Bob Dylan (arr)

Copyright 1993 Special Rider Music

First release: World Gone Wrong, 1993

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