Caroline of Edinburgh town, song

James McGonigle, singing in English
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Come all you pretty fair maids come listen to my rhyme
It’s of a pretty fair young maid being scarcely in her prime
She beats the blooming roses she’s admired by all around
Some called her blooming Caroline from Edinburgh Town.

Young Henry being a highland lad a courting to her came
And when her parents came to know they got angry at the same
Young Henry got offended and this to her did say
Arise up blooming Caroline and with me come away.

We will go down to London to London with great speed
We will go down to London town get married there indeed
She bundled up her costly robe as the tears came tumbling down
And away went blooming Caroline from Edinburgh Town.

They hadn’t been in London for scarcely half a year
When cruel hearted Henry began to prove severe
Since he has joined the English fleet to fight for king and crown
Make no delay but beg your way to Edinburgh Town.

See how this fair maid wanders see how she walks alone
How can she live och on such fruit that grows upon the ground
Some people they do pity her whilst others do on her frown
And others say what made you stray from Edinburgh Town.

‘Twas was down by an oak this maid sat down to cry
As she might watch the English fleet as they go passing by
She gave three sighs for Henry and plunged her body down
And away went blooming Caroline from Edinburgh Town.