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The Oak and the Ash

This song is a Traditional.

This is a traditional song and therefore has no particular artist associated with it. It is believed to have originated in England.
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Rosemary Lane
A North Countrie lass up to London did pass
Although with her nature it did not agree
Which made her repent and so often lament
Still wishing again in the North for to be
O the oak, and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Do flourish at home in the North Countrie

Fain would I be in the North Countrie
Where the lads and the lasses are making of hay
There should I see what is pleasant to me
A mischief on them that enticed me away
O the oak, and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Do flourish most bravely in our countrie

Since I came forth of the pleasant North
There's nothing delightful I see doth abound
They never can be half so merry as we
When we are a-dancing of Sellinger's Round
O the oak, and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Do flourish at home in our own countrie

But still I perceive I a husband might have
If I to the city my mind could but frame
But I'll have a lad that is North Countrie bred
Or else I'll not marry, in the mind that I am
O the oak, and the ash, and the bonny rowan tree
Do flourish most bravely in our countrie

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Variants of the song exist under titles including A North Country Maid, Rosemary Lane, Once When I Was a Servant, Ambletown, The Oak and the Ash, Home, Dearie, Home, The Lass that Loved a Sailor, and When I was Young

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