Haley Paley

 
Performed by:
Ray Black
Recorded in:
Harrogate
Recorded on:
17/06/2009
Recorded by:
Chas Marshall
Genre:
Keywords:
Cadging,
Christmas,
Sailors
 

Archival information

TYG:
127
Key:
D
Time Signature:
6:8
Roud id:
258
Laws id:
Q28
Master title:
The Soldier's Poor Little Boy
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
Haley paley snow on the ground,
The wind blows bitter and cold.
A poor young sailor lad dressed up in rags,
Came to a lady's door.

2
The lady sat up in a window so high,
She cast her eye upon him,
"Go 'way, go 'way, you tarry sailor,
So dirty, so ragged and thin."

3
"But, madam, I'm hungry and, madam, I'm cold,"
The sailor lad cried from the door,
"If you've got a penny to give me," he cried,
"I never shall want any more."

4
The lady still sat in her window so high,
Still casting her eye upon him,
"Go 'way, go 'way, you tarry sailor,
So dirty, so ragged and thin."

5
"My father, my father was drowned in the sea,
My mother she cried and she cried,
Did you ever see a smile on her face,
Of a broken heart she died."

6
She threw a penny all down in the snow,
She threw down a penny or two.
"Oh, I am your William that's come from the sea,
Your William and you never knew."

7
"Come in, come in, you good hearted lad,
And never you'll want any more,
And as long as I live, I'll charity give,
To a poor young sailor boy."

Archival information

TYG:
127
Key:
D
Time Signature:
6:8
Roud id:
258
Laws id:
Q28
Master title:
The Soldier's Poor Little Boy
Places Cited: