Folk Song

X:1 T:Mattie Groves Z:Webmaster M:2/4 L:1/4 K:F A,/2| D D| D3/2 D/2|E/2-D/2 C| D D/2D/2| D D| F G| A2-| A/2 z/2| A| c c| A3/2 A/2| G E/2D/2| C3/2 C/2| D F| E C| D2-| D z/2|| % W:A holiday, a holiday, and the first one of the year W:Lord Arnold's wife to the church did go, the Gospel for to hear W:The Gospel for to hear. W:. W:And when the meeting it was done, she cast her eyes about W:And there she spied little Matty Groves, walking in the crowd W:Walking in the crowd W:. W:"Come home with me little Matty Groves, come home with me tonight W:Come home with me little Matty Groves, and sleep with me till light W:And sleep with me till light." W:. W:"Oh I can't come home and I won't come home, to sleep with you tonight W:# W:You are Lord Arnold's wife." W:. W:"What if I am Lord Arnold's wife, he is not at home W:He's away in the far cornfields, he's bringing the yearlings home W:He's bringing the yearlings home." W:. W:A servant who was standing by, hearing what was said W:Swore Lord Arnold he would know before the sun had set W:before the sun had set. W:. W:And in his hurry to carry the news, he bent his breast and ran W:And when he came to the broad mill stream, he took off his shoes and swam W:he took off his shoes and swam. W:. W:Little Matty Groves, he lay down and took a little sleep W:And when he woke Lord Donald was standing at his feet W:was standing at his feet. W:. W:Saying "How do you like my feather bed, and how do you like my sheets W:And how do you like my lady gay who lies in your arms asleep W:Lies in your arms asleep?" W:. W:"Oh it's well I like your feather bed, better I like your sheets W:Best of all I like your lady who lies in my arms asleep W:lies in my arms asleep." W:. W:"Get up, get up," Lord Arnold cried, "get up as quick as you can W:For they'll never say in England that I killed a sleeping man W:that I killed a sleeping man." W:. W:"Oh I can't get up, I won't get up, I wouldn't get up for my life W:For you have two long beaten swords, and I not a pocket knife W:and I not a pocket knife." W:. W:"It's true I have two beaten swords, and they cost me deep in my purse W:But you shall have the better of them, and I will use the worse W:and I will use the worse. W:. W:"And you shall strike me the very first blow, strike it like a man! W:For I will strike the very nex blow, I'll kill you if I can W:I'll kill you if I can." W:. W:So Matty struck the very first blow, and he hurt Lord Arnold sore W:Lord Arnold struck the very next blow, and Matty struck no more W:and Matty struck no more. W:. W:And then Lord Arnold he took his wife, and set her on his knee W:Saying "Who do you like the best of us now, your dead Matty Groves or me W:your dead Matty Groves or me?" W:. W:And then up spoke his own dear wife, never heard to speak so free W:"I had rather a kiss from dead Matty's lips than you and your finery W:than you and your finery." W:. W:At that Lord Arnold he did jump up and loudly did he bawl W:He struck his wife right through the heart and pinned her against the wall W:and pinned her against the wall. W:. W:"A grave, a grave," Lord Arnold cried, "to put these lovers in W:But bury my lady at the top, for she was of noble kin W:for she was of noble kin." % % % % %