My Soldier Boy

MY SOLDIER BOY
(C) Emily Holbert Kellam

My father wants the farmer’s boy to claim my marriage hand
He who has a herd of cattle and a small house on his land
And it’s not a life of farming that I just couldn’t stand
But I await my soldier-boy
My fine soldier-boy
I await my soldier-boy who’s coming home to marry me

My mother she would have me wed a merchant in the town
He’d dress me fine and buy me wine, then travel all around
But I am sure I would forsake each bottle and each gown
To await my soldier-boy
My fine soldier-boy
I await my soldier-boy who’s coming home to marry me

My sister dreams I’ll marry to a charming minstrel-lad
Who sings for kings in banquet-halls to make the nobles glad
But I think a life of wandering would only make me sad
So I await my soldier-boy
My fine soldier-boy
I await my soldier-boy who’s coming home to marry me

My brother bids me wait: soldiering’s a noble thing
He is fighting for the farmers’ land and singing with the King
Although he won’t return with silks or gems he’s coming with a ring
And so he’s joined my soldier-boy
My fine soldier-boy
My brother’s joined my soldier-boy so he may keep him safe for me

Now I await two soldier-boys:
My fine brother bold
And my handsome soldier-boy who’s coming home to marry me


Recordings:
Waves on the Shore, Emily Holbert Kellam (2009)

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