Henry My Son

Paul Austin Kelly

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Rock version of an old British/American folk song about a backwoods boy speaking to his mother about his treacherous girlfriend. Medium slow tempo, funny lyrics in an otherwise serious song. Based on the old British folk ballad, Lord Randall.

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Trad.- P.A. Kelly | R. Durrant

Trad, arr. by P.A. Kelly | R. Durrant

P.A. Kelly

“Where have you been all the day, Henry my Son?
Where have you been all the day, my beloved one?”
“Courtin’ Mother, courtin’ Mother
Make my bed for I’m sick in me head
And I want to lay down and die!”

“What have you had to eat, Henry my son?
What have you had to eat, my beloved one?”
“Eels, dear Mother, eels, dear Mother
Make my bed for I’m sick in me head
And I want to lay down and die!”

“Who gave them eels to you, Henry my boy?
Who gave them eels to you, my saveloy?”
“My sweetheart, Mother, my sweetheart, Mother.
Make my bed for I’m sick in me head
And I want to lay down and die!”

“What colour were them eels, Henry my boy?
What colour were them eels, my pride and joy?”
“Green and yeller, green and yeller.
Make my bed for I’m sick in me head
And I want to lay down and die!”

“O, you’ve been poisoned, Henry my son!
O, you’ve been poisoned, my careless one.”
“Poisoned, mother? Poisoned, mother?
Make my bed for I’m sick in me head
And I want to lay down and die!”

“What’ll you give to your sweetheart, Henry my son?
What’ll you give to your sweetheart, my precious one?”
“A rope to hang her, a rope to hang her.
Make my bed for I’m sick in me head
And I want to lay down and die!”

“What’ll you give to your mother, Henry my love?
What’ll you give to your mother, my turtle dove?”
“Love and kisses, love and kisses.
Make my bed for I’m sick in me head
And I want to lay down and die!”

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