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There was an old woman, lived on the seashore
Bow and balance me
There was an old woman, lived on the seashore
Her number of daughters: one, two, three, four
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

There was a young man come there to see them
Bow and balance me
There was a young man come there to see them
and the oldest one was struck on the head
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

He bought the youngest a beaver hat
Bow and balance me
He bought the youngest a beaver hat
and the oldest one got mad at that
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

Oh, sister oh, sister let's walk the seashore
Bow and balance me
Oh, sister oh, sister let's walk the seashore
and see the ships as they're sailing o'er
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

While these two sisters were walking the shore
Bow and balance me
While these two sisters were walking the shore
the oldest pushed the youngest o'er
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

Oh, sister oh, sister please lend me your hand
Bow and balance me
Oh, sister oh, sister please lend me your hand
and you may have Willy and all of his land
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

I never, I never will lend you my hand
Bow and balance me
I never, oh never will lend you my hand
but I'll have Willy and all of his land
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

Well, sometimes she swam and sometimes she swam
Bow and balance me
Well, sometimes she swam and sometimes she swam
untill she came to the old mill dam
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

Oh, father oh, father come draw your dam
Bow and balance to me,
Oh, father oh, father come draw your dam
Here's either a mermaid or a swan,
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

The miller, he got his fishinghook
Bow and balance me
The miller, he got his fishinghook
and fished the maiden out of the brook
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

Oh, miller oh, miller here's five gold rings
Bow and balance me
Oh, miller oh, miller here's five gold rings
if you'll put me safe on shore again
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

The miller received those five gold rings
Bow and balance me
The miller received those five gold rings
and pushed the maiden in again
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

The miller was hung at his own mill gate
Bow and balance me
The miller was hung at his own mill gate
for drowning my little sister Kate
And I'll be true to my love if my love will be true to me

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from Grace and Delia Are Gone: Tales for the Stage, IV, released September 16, 2016
Carla Kihlstedt: Voice

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Rabbit Rabbit Radio Falmouth, Massachusetts

Rabbit Rabbit Radio is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, they are founding members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava.

Drawing on their love of both art & folk song, industrial & improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, their songs are raw, beautiful, sparse and rich.
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