I once loved a lass and I loved her so well
I hated all others that spoke of her ill
But now, she's rewarded me well for my love
For she's gone to be wed to another ..
When I saw my love tae the kirk go
With bride and bridesmaiden, they made a fine show
And I followed along with my heart full of woe
For now she is wed tae another ..
When I saw my love a-sit down to dine
I sat down beside her and I poured out the wine
And I drank tae the lassie that should hae been mine
But now she is wed tae another ..
The men of yon forest, they ask it of me
"How many strawberries grow in the salt sea?"
I give them one back wi' a tear in my e'e
"How many ships sail in the forest?" ..
So, dig me a grave both wide and deep
And cover it over with flowers so sweet
And I'll turn in for to take a long sleep
And maybe in time I'll forget her ..
So, they dug him a grave wide and deep
And covered it over with flowers so sweet
And he's turned in for to take a long sleep
And maybe by now he's forgotten.