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I wish I wish

I wish, I wish (Bold young farmer)

. RA, Western, 2008

I wish, I wish, but it's all in vain,
I wish I was a maid again;
But a maid again I never shall be
Till apples do grow on an orange tree.

A bold young farmer courted me 
Took my heart and my liberty
I gave my heartwith a free good will
And I must confess that I love him still

I wish my baby it was born,
And smiling on its papa's knee,
And I to be in yon churchyard,
With long green grass growing over me.

There is a bird in yonder tree,
Some say he's blind and cannot see,
But I that bird would rather be
Since that bold young farmer courted me.

Another of these songs that exists in untold variations - and bits of similar songs get stuck on the end or in the middle


I like that she admits that she still loves him: plus the third stanza - where we seem to be getting two halves of two different wishes - but then again perhaps not.