Three Little Babes Lyrics

Joanna Newsom


album: Track 11 in album The Milk-Eyed Mender
release date: 2004-3-23
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genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Acoustic/Avantgarde/Folk
length: 3:43

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Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender cover art
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There was a knight, and a lady bright
And three little babes had she.
She sent them away, to a far country,
To learn their grammerie.
They hadn't been gone but a very short time,
About three months and a day,
When the lark spread o'er this whole wide world
And taken those babes away.
It was on a cold, cold Christmas night
When everything was still
Ahe saw her three little babes come running,
Come running down the hill.
She spread them a table of bread and wine,
That they might drink and eat;
She spread them a bed of winding sheet,
That they might sleep so sweet.
"Take it off, take it off," cried the eldest one;
"take it off, take it off," cried she,
"for I shan't stay here, in this wicked world
When there's a better one for me."
"Cold clods, cold clods, inside my bed,
Cold clods, down at my feet -
The tears my dear mother she'd for me
Would wet my winding sheet."


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Bridges and Balloons
  • 2 Sprout and the Bean
  • 3 The Book of Right-on
  • 4 Sadie
  • 5 Inflammatory Writ
  • 6 This Side of the Blue
  • 7 "En Gallop"
  • 8 Cassiopeia
  • 9 Peach, Plum, Pear
  • 10 Swansea
  • 11 Three Little Babes
  • 12 Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie