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A guy was interested in getting together with a lovely maiden but she sort of read him the riot act and he got the message - forget it. He had money but she didn't like the way that he spent it

The Maid Of Sweet Brown Knowe

D                                  G                A7          D       G  
Come all you lads and lassies and listen to me a while
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I'll sing to you a verse or two that'll surely make you smile
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Concerning a young man I am going to tell you now
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Who has lately come a courting the maid of the sweet brown knowe.

D                                       G                              A7       D             G
This young man says "My pretty maid, will you come along with me?
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We'll both fly off together and happy we will be
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We'll join our hands in wedlock bands as I'm speaking with you now
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And I'll do me best endeavour for the maid of the sweet brown knowe."

D                                     G              A7            D           G    
This fair and fickle young thing she knew not what to say
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Her eyes did shine like diamonds bright and merrily did play
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She says "Young man, your love's subdued, for I'm not ready now
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And I'll spend another season at the foot of the sweet brown knowe."
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The young man said "My pretty maid, how can you answer so?
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See down in yonder valley where my crops do gently grow
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Down in yonder valley I have horses, men and plough
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And they're at their daily labor for the maid of the sweet brown knowe."
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"If they're at their daily labor, kind sir, 'tis not for me
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I've heard of your behavior, I have indeed", says she
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"There is an inn where you call in and I've heard the people say
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That you rap and you call and you pay for all and come home at the break of day."

D                                    G                       A7          D       G    
"If I rap and I call and I pay for all, me money is all me own
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I'll never spend your fortune for I hear that you have none
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You thought you had me poor heart won by meeting with me now
              D                         G                         A7               D                   G
But I'll leave you where I found you at the foot of the sweet brown knowe."