Fair Sally

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Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair
Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair

Jack was walking down a country lane
He met a girl Fair Sally was her name
She said will you help me kind sir
For I have lost my ring in the verge

It was her grandma's wedding band
He stopped to give her a helping hand
Took off his coat, rolled up his sleeves
Began to search down on his knees

Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair
Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair

Jack searched 'neath the hedgerow and vergeside
In the bramblethorn luck was on his side
Gleam of gold caught his eye
He reached for the ring while Sally stood by

He put it in his pocket quietly
Fair Sally, she did not see
He didn't mean to steal from her
But the ring was lost and he was poor

Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair
Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair

Jack turned and said it's lost for good
There's nothing here but twigs and wood
She said thanks for looking anyway
He picked up his coat and went on his way

The gold was heavy in Jack's pocket
All the way to town for to sell it
Sally's misfortune was Jack's gain
He would never see her again

Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair
Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair

The jeweller looked at the ring
Said it was just brass, worth nothing
Jack drowned his sorrows but when he paid his stout
His wallet was empty, she had cleaned him out

Fair Sally'd tricked Jack while he'd tried to deceive her
Said the ring was gold and he had believed her
It was Jack who was the poor poor fool
And Sally who was fair
And Sally who was fair

Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair
Oh Fair Sally, Sally so fair

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from Kittiwake, released November 23, 2012

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