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Traditional
  1. It was at my true lovers window one night
    I called her my jewel, my hearts own delight
    Since you shot the arrow, it's you that must cure
    And if you won't have me I'll die I am sure
    And it's O my hard fortune.
  2. 'Go away, you little drummer.' this fair maid did say
    'Would I be so mean as to marry with thee
    My father's a Lord of the higher degree
    And I am his darling, his heiress to be.'
    And it's O my hard fortune.
  3. He turned away to leave her and bid her farewell,
    You've sent my wandering to Heaven or Hell
    On the point of my bayonet I'll end all my strife
    I'll cut the sweet innocent thread of my life.
    And it's O my hard fortune.
  4. Come back you little drummer, this fair maid did call
    Come back you little drummer and marry withall
    Come back you little drummer and marry if you will
    For I think it's a pity your blood for to spill.
    And it's O my hard fortune.
  5. We'll mount on our horses, to Plymouth we'll go
    And there we'll be married in spite of our foe
    And when we are married and all things are done
    What more can we say but 'we followed the drum'.
    And it's O my hard fortune.
  6. And when her old father this he did hear
    He mounted his horse and to Plymouth did steer
    He brought them both home and to them he did give
    Five thousand a year for as long as they live.
    And it's O my good fortune.