Henry Lee

by Brendan Bonsack

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A variant of the traditional murder ballad, "Henry Lee", or "Young Hunting".

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Oh Henry Lee, go down with she
where the river's deep and wide
and sat awatch that splintery fence
the narrowed currawong eyes

Get down get down, Henry Lee
You can bleed all the way to the sea
I shall be free of thee
Henry Lee

Oh Henry Lee, go far from me
I'll stay this merry green land
though my belly swells again
with the like of your face and your hands

Get down get down, Henry Lee
You can bleed all the way to the sea
I shall be free of thee
Henry Lee

Oh Henry, in my dreams there weeps
a willow by the course
where that wily girl with the steely curls
lays her red lips upon yours

Get down get down, Henry Lee
You can bleed all the way to the sea
I shall be free of thee
Henry Lee

Oh Henry, there's a bird lit down
into my garden green
right then, as her pen knife does rend
the flesh between your ribs

Get down get down, Henry Lee
You can bleed all the way to the sea
I shall be free of thee
Henry Lee

Oh Henry Lee, 'tis well for me
your lilly white fists have gone
and my far off girl may return to me now
with the gold from your finger she stole

Get down get down, Henry Lee
You can bleed all the way to the sea
I shall be free of thee
Henry Lee

Get down get down, Henry Lee
You can bleed all the way to the sea
We shall be free of thee
Henry Lee

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released August 20, 2016

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Brendan Bonsack

Brendan Bonsack is a poet and songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. These are his own brand of folk and pop songs, described as poems with dance partners.

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