The Widow of Olokand's Daughter

Fairport Convention do a rather good version of the tune this is based on, The Widow of Westmoreland, on the album Tipplers' Tales, which isn't easy to find nowadays. Go see them live - they usually play it. Anyway, it's another old traditional number.

There was an old widow of Olokand, she had no daughter but one.
And the widow did pray both night and day she would keep her maidenhead long.

"Don't be daft, Mother," she said, "and say no more to me.
"A dashing young knight in the King's High Guard my maidenhead's taken from me."

"You saucy slut, you impudent trull, oh curséd may you be,
"If some young knight in the King's High Guard your maidenhead's taken from thee."

So off she runs to the King's High Guard, as fast as go can she.
Saying, "Give me back my maidenhead for my mother she nags at me."

So he kissed her and undressed her and he laid her on the bed.
But he put her head where her feet were before, so he gave back her maidenhead.

Then he kissed her and he dressed her and put a rose in either hand
And invited her round to Larani's temple to see his fine wedding.

Then off she runs to her Mummy again, as fast as go can she
Saying, "I'm as full a maiden now, Mother, as the day that you bore me.

"For he kissed me and undressed me and he laid me on the bed.
"But he put my head where my feet were before so he gave back my maidenhead.

"Then he kissed me and he dressed me, put a rose in either hand
"And invited me round to Larani's temple to see his fine wedding."

"Oh, never on foot," the widow she cried. "On a fine grey mare you'll ride
"With four and twenty fine young ladies to go with you beside."

"Oh, who is this," the bride she cried, "who comes in such finery?
"I see it is that widow's daughter who ran and told her mummy.

"Oh, how could she do it, why would she do it, how could she do it for shame.
"Eleven long nights I lay with a man and I never told anyone."

"If eleven long nights you lay with a man, you never shall marry me.
"I'd rather marry that widow's daughter who ran and told her mummy."

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