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11. One Night As I Lay on My Bed (3:30)

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CD 1 - Ashley's Almanac: A Hutchings History (FRCD 51)
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7. Eternal Circle (3:35)
8. It Takes a Lot to Laugh (excerpt) (1:50)
9. Mr Lacey (2:50)
10. Come All Ye (5:00)
11. One Night As I Lay on My Bed (3:30)
12. Albion Sunrise (2:55)
13. Poor Old Horse (6:34)
14. Time to Ring Some Changes (3:10)
15. Along the Pilgrim's Way (4:50)
16. The Party's Over (6:13)
17. Angelina
18. Abandoned Love
19. Wings
20. About Dawn

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One Night As I Lay On My Bed

Collected by H.E.D. Hammond from a Mr. House of Beaminster, Dorset, in 1906, this ballad can perhaps claim to have the most discreet ending of any folk song. Similar songs are quoted frequently in sixteenth and early seventeenth century literature, musical and otherwise; even Robert Burns re-wrote a version calling it As I Lay On My Bed On a Night.

One night as I lay on my bed
I dreamed about a pretty maid.
I was so distressed, I could take no rest,
Love did torment me so.
So away to my true love I did go.

But when I came to my love's window,
I boldly called her by her name,
Saying: "It was for your sake I'm come here so late
Through this bitter frost and snow.
So it's open the window, my love, do."

"My mum and dad they are both awake,
And they will sure for to hear us speak.
There'll be no excuse then but sore abuse,
Many a bitter word and blow.
So begone from my window, my love, do."

"Your mum and dad they are both asleep,
And they are sure not to hear us speak,
For they're sleeping sound on their bed of down
And they draw their breath so low.
So open the window, my love, do!"

My love arose and she opened the door,
And just like an angel she stood on the floor.
Her eyes shone bright like the stars at night,
And no diamonds could shine so.
So in with my true love I did go

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