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I learned “Death and the Lady” (Roud 1031) from a recording of Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy. The song was first printed in England in 1778.
As I walked out one winter day
I met a man along the way,
His head was bald his beard was grey
His clothing made of the cold red clay (x2)
I said old man what happened to you?
What country did you belong unto?
My name is Death I’ve come for thee
All kings and princes bow down to me (x2)
I’ll give you gold I’ll give you pearls
I’ll give you a fine silk robe to wear,
If you will spare me one season more
Give me some time my life to amend (x2)
I want no gold I want no pearls
I want no fine silk robe to wear,
I cannot give you one season more
Nor give you some time your life to amend (x2)
Three days later that lady died
Carve this upon my tomb she cried,
As I am now you’ll be one day
Your clothing made of the cold red clay (x2)
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