Coal Black Smith – Trad. English

1. She looked out of the window
    As white as any milk
    He looked in at the window
    As black as any silk

Hello, hello, hello, hello
You coal black smith
You shall do me no harm
You never shall have me maiden head
That I have kept so long
I’d rather die a maid
And be buried all in me grave
Than to have such a lusty, husky, dusty
Fusty, musty coal black smith
A maiden I will die!

2. She became a flower,
    A flower all in the wood
    He became a bumble-bee
    And kissed her where she stood.

3. She became a star
    A star all in the night
    He became a thunder-cloud
    And muffled her out of sight.

4. She became a fish
    A fish all in the brook
    He became a fisherman
    And catched her with his hook

5. She became a duck
    A duck all in the stream
    He became a water dog
    And fetched her back again


6. She became a nun
    A nun all dressed in white
    He became a canting priest
    And prayed for her by night

7. So she became a corpse
    A corpse all in the ground
    But he became the cold, cold clay
    And smothered her all around