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Sir James the Rose
London

Sir James the Rose
Trad. Arr. - Steeleye Span

Intro
[G] [Bm] [D] [D] [C] [G]

Verse 1
Oh [G] have you heard Sir James the Rose,
The [D] young heir of Loch Laggan,
For [Am] he has killed a [Em] gallant squire
And his [C6] friends are out to [D] take him.

Verse 2
[G] He’s gone to the House of Marr,
The [D] nurse there did befriend him,
And [Am] he has gone up [Em] upon his knees
And[C] begged for her to [D] hide him.

Verse 3
[G] “Where’re you going Sir [C] James?” she [G] said
“Where now are you riding?
“Oh [C] I am [G] bound to a[Em] foreign [C] land,
For [G] now I’m [D7] under [G] hiding.”

Chorus
[C]“Where shall I [G] go?
[C] Where shall I [G] run?
[C] Where shall I [G] go for to [D] hide me?
[C] For[G] I have[D7] killed a[G] gallant[C] squire[G]
[Am]
And they’re [G] seeking [D7] for to[C] slay [G] me.”[Am] [G]

Verse 4
Then he’s turned him right and round about
And rolled him in the bracken,
And he has gone to take a sleep
In the lowlands of Loch Laggan.

Verse 5
He had not well gone out of sight
Nor was he past Milstrethen
When four and twenty belted knights
Came riding o’er the leathen.

Verse 6
“Have you seen Sir James the Rose,
The young heir of Loch Laggan?"
For he has killed a gallant squire,
And we’re sent out to take him.”

Chorus

Verse 7
“You’ll see the bank above the mill
In the lowlands of Loch Laggan,
And there you’ll find Sir James the Rose
Sleeping in the bracken.

Verse 8
You must not wake him out of sleep,
Nor yet must you afright him,
Just run a dart right through his heart,
And through the body pierce him.”

Verse 9
They sought the bank above the mill
In the lowlands of Loch Laggan,
And there they found Sir James the Rose
Sleeping in the bracken.

Chorus

Instrumental
[Em] [G] [Em] [G] [Em] [G] [Em] [D] [G]

Verse 10
Then up and spake Sir john the Graeme
Who had the charge a-keepin,
“It’ll never be said dear gentlemen,
We killed him while he’s sleeping.”

Verse 11
They seized his broadsword and his targe
And closely him surrounded,
And when he woke out of his sleep
His senses were confounded.

Verse 12
Now they have taken out his heart
And stuck it on a spear
They took it to the House of Marr
And gave it to his dear.

Chorus
[C] “Where shall I [G] go?
[C] Where shall I [G] run?
[C] Where shall I [G] go for to [D] hide me?
[C] For [G] I have [D7] killed a [G] gallant[C] squire [G]
[Am]
And they’re [G] seeking [D7] for to[C] slay [G] me.” [Am] [G]


[G] [Bm] [D] [D][C][G]

Sir James the Rose transcribed by Russell Gascoigne
Thanks Russell.

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London
Trad. Arr. - Steeleye Span

First CThere’s your lords and ladies fine,
Riding in a coach and six;
Nothing to drink but claret wine,
Talking politics.

[E] There’s your lords [B] and [E] ladies [B] fine,
Riding in a [E] coach and [B] six;
[E] Nothing to drink [B] but [E] claret [B] wine
Talking poli[A]-tics [E]

Verse 1
[A] London is a dainty place,
A great and gallant city! [G] [D]
[A] All the streets are pav’d with gold,
All the folks are witty [G] [D]

Verse 2
[A] There’s your beaux with powder’d clothes,
Bedaub’d from head to chin [G] [D]
Their [A] pocket-holes adorned with gold,
But no one sous within [G] [D]

Chorus 
[E] There’s your lords [B] and [E] ladies [B] fine,
Riding in a [E] coach and [B] six;
[E] Nothing to drink [B] but [E] claret [B] wine
Talking poli[A]-tics [E]

London transcribed by Oliver King
Thanks Oliver.

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