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Love Henry

Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)

May 1993

Bob Dylan's Garage Studio, Malibu, CA - May 1993  

"Get down, get down, Love Henry", she cried
"And stay all night with me
You can have gold chains and the finest I have
I'll apply them all to thee."

"I can't get down and I shan't get down
Or stay all night with thee
There's a pretty little girl in Cornersville
I love far better than thee."

He laid his head on a pillow of down
Kisses she gave him three
With a penny knife that she held in her hand
She murdered mortal he.

"Get well, get well, love Henry", she cried
"Get well, get well", said she
"I don't want to see my own heart's blood
A-flowing down so free."

She took him by his long yellow hair
And also by his feet.
She plunged him into well water where
It runs both cold and deep.

"Lie there, lie there, love Henry", she cried
"Till the flesh rots off your bones
Some pretty little girl in Cornersville
Will mourn for your return."

"Hush up, hush up, my parrot", she cried
"Don't tell no news on me
All these costly beads around my neck,
I'll apply them all to thee."

"Fly down, fly down, pretty bird", she cried
"And light on my right knee.
The doors to your cage shall be decked with gold
And hung on a willow tree."

"I won't fly down, I can't fly down
And light on your right knee
A girl who would murder her own true love
Would kill a little bird like me." 

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