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Bardic Arts

'A Roving
(Tune: Traditional)
Lyrics by
Gerhardt von Nordflammen
A.S. XII

I met a maid upon the road.
And more that I can say.
I met a maid upon the road,
And saw that several favors showed.
No more I’ll go a roving,
With you fair maid.

CHORUS:
     A roving, a roving,
     Where life is light and hearts are gay.
     No more I’ll go a roving, with you fair maid.

I said, “Fair maid, your skirt’s undone.”
And more that I can say,
I said, “Fair maid, your skirt’s undone.”
“But I shall undo more anon.”
No more I’ll go a roving.
With you fair maid.

CHORUS

She said, “Good sir, I think you kind.”
And more that I can say.
She said, “Good sir, I think you kind.”
“To undo all you have a mind.”
No more I’ll go a roving,
With you fair maid.

CHORUS

I undid one, I undid two,
And more that I can say.
I undid one, I undid two,
“And now,” she said, “I’ll do for you.”
No more I’ll go a roving,
With you fair maid.

CHORUS

She took me shirt, she took me hose,
And more that I can say.
She took me shirt, she took me hose,
And showed me more than breezes blows.
No more I’ll go a roving,
With you fair maid.

CHORUS

I put her down upon her back,
And more that I can say.
I put her down upon her back,
And then I put her ‘jumping jack’.
No more I’ll go a roving,
With you fair maid.

CHORUS

When we were done, she said, “Oh my!”
And more that I can say.
When we were done she said, “Oh my!”
“Undo me once again ere nigh!”
No more I’ll go a roving,
With you fair maid.

CHORUS

I met a maid upon the road.
And more that I can say.
I met a maid upon the road.
And there I found my true abode.
No more I’ll go a roving,
With you fair maid.

CHORUS


"All of these songs are the products of my first few years in the SCA. I don’t know exactly what possessed me at the time, but I seemed to have this near unquenchable passion for turning out pedestrian lyrics. Ah well, I was young and feckless, and had not discovered the lyrics of the Provencal minstrels at that time (Ai Ya, whew, those are songs)." -- GvN
© 1981, Lawrence Hyink III


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