Willie Taylor

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lyrics

Willie Taylor

Willie Taylor and his youthful lover 
full of joy and loyalty 
they were going to the church to be married
when he was pressed and sent to sea

vows and breezes fade away
vows and breezes fade away

she dressed herself up like a sailor
on her breast she wore a star
her lovely fingers so long and slender
she gave them all just a smear of tar

vows and breezes fade away
vows and breezes fade away

on the ship there being a skirmish
she was one among the rest
a silver button flew off her jacket
there appeared her milk white breast

said the captain to this fair maid
what misfortune has brought you here?
I'm in search of my true lover
who you pressed on another year

vows and breezes fade away
vows and breezes fade away

if you're in search of your true lover
tell me what might be his name
Willie Taylor they do call him
but Fitzgerald is his name

if you get up tomorrow morning
early as the break of day
there you'll spy your Willie Taylor
walking along with his lady gay

vows and breezes fade away
vows and breezes fade away

she got up the very next morning
early as the break of day
there she spied her Willie Taylor
walking along with his lady gay

she drew out a brace of pistol
that she had at her command
their she shot her Willie Taylor
and his bride at his right hand

vows and breezes fade away
vows and breezes fade away

when the captain came to hear
of the deed that she had done
he made her a ships commander
over a vessel for the isle of man

but if her name haf been Ruth Ellis
and she'd shot her lover man
he was posh
she was common
so the law said 
she must

hang

vows and breezes fade away

vows and breezes
vows and breezes fade away

traditional arranged murphy

from the singing of johnny toft via sile lives and martin leamon ( sild )

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from Every bird that flies, released March 1, 2016

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julie murphy Swansea, UK

Julie Murphy is a singer songwriter and member of Welsh folk innovators fernhill. She writes songs at the piano at home in the Welsh countryside. Her fourth solo album 'Every bird that flies' is available now

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