The Butcher Boy

Tommy Makem

In London city where I did dwell

A butcher boy, I loved right well

He courted me, my life away

But now with me, he will not stay

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain

I wish I was a maid again

A maid again I ne'er will be

'Till cherries grow on an apple tree

I wish my baby it was born

And smiling on its daddy's knee

And me poor girl to be dead and gone

With the long green grass growing over me

She went upstairs to go to bed

And calling to her mother said

"Give me a chair 'till I sit down

And a pen and ink 'till I write down"

At every word she dropped a tear

And at every line cried "Willie dear -

Oh, what a foolish girl was I

To be led astray by a butcher boy"

He went upstairs and the door he broke

He found her hanging from a rope

He took his knife and he cut her down

And in her pocket, these words he found

Oh, make my grave large, wide and deep

Put a marble stone at my head and feet

And in the middle, a turtle dove

That the world may know, that I died for love