Nancy Kerr and James Fagan: ‘Searching for Lambs’

Nancy and James give us their take on the traditional song, ‘Searching for Lambs’. Nancy plays guitar as well as fiddle; who knew?

Here are the lyrics (I’m not sure if this is exactly what James and Nancy sing, as these songs exist in different versions; this one came from Joe Offer’s website):

As I went out one May morning,
One May morning betime,
I met a maid, from home had stray’d
Just as the sun did shine.

What makes you rise so soon, my dear,
Your journey to pursue?
Your pretty little feet they tread so sweet,
Strike off the morning dew.

I’m going to feed my father’s flock,
His young and tender lambs
That over hill and over dales
Lie waiting for their dams.

O stay! O stay! you handsome maid,
And rest a moment here,
For there is none but you alone,
That I do love so dear.

How gloriously the sun doth shine,
How pleasant is the air,
I’d rather rest on my true love’s breast
Than any other where.

For I am thine and thou art mine;
No man shall uncomfort thee;
We’ll join our hands in wedded bands
And married we will be.

 

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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

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