A Roving I will Go – A old Sea Shanty.

 

The Word of the Day word prompt today is Roving.

I instantly thought of an old sea shanty that I was taught in school. It does have a rather saucy lyric, but I don’t think I understood it when I was young. It is a tale of someone who has a rather foot loose and fancy free relationship with a maid of Amsterdam. Of course, by today’s standards, the song isn’t too rude, it’s rather gentle really.

 

 

 

Lyrics:

In Amsterdam, there lived a maid,

Mark well what I do say.

In Amsterdam, there lived a maid

and she was mistress of her trade.

I’ll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

A Roving, A Roving, since rovings been my ‘ru-i-in’

I’ll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

 

I put my arm around her waist,

mark well what I do say.

I put my arm around her waist

she said “Young man, you’re in great haste”

I’ll go no more a roving with you fair maid.

A Roving, A Roving, since rovings been my ‘ru-i-in’

I’ll go no more a roving with you, fair maid.

 

The Picture is of a Canal in Delft that I took on a recent trip. I do have some photos of Amsterdam somewhere but I didn’t have time to search for them.

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/roving/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/rdp-thursday-loose/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/daily-writing-challenge-nov-1/

Free, Gentle, Young

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One thought on “A Roving I will Go – A old Sea Shanty.”

  1. Listening to this while typing!
    We sang The Drunken Sailor at school!
    We also sang songs referring to the the political troubles in Northern Ireland. I am baffled that we were taught such “politically incorrect songs” at primary school.

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