Another man’s wedding, song

Paddy Doherty (Eoghnie), singing in English
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I happened to be at an old lover’s wedding
Everyone there had to sing a song
And who happened to be there but the bride’s first lover
And this was the song that he did sing

Many’s a man’s been away seven long years
Seven long years and returns home again
But sure I’ve been away but the two years only
But false and unconscious you had been

How can you sit at another man’s table
How can you drink of another man’s wine
Or it’s how can you sleep in the arms of another
And you so long a sweetheart of mine

The bride she sat at the head of the table
Every word he said she minded quite well
And to stand it any longer she was not able
And down at the new groom’s feet she fell

Take up your bride young man, cried the other
Don’t you see her lying down low
Oh it’s God be with the time when I thought she’d be mine
So now kind sir, she is all your own

He lifted her up in his arms o most tenderly
Carried her out to the garden green
And with white sheets and pillows he wrapped them around her
But never, never brought her to life again

Come all you young men it’s from me take a warning
Pay kind attention and listen unto me
Oh can always go a roving in the grove and the valley
But never never go between the bark and the tree

see also   Another man's wedding / Roseanne McGonigle