Henry My Son
 
Traditional
 
Where have you been all day, Henry my son? 
Where have you been all day, my beloved one?
Away in the meadow, away in the meadow,
make my bed I’ve a pain in my head
and I want to lie down.
 
And what did you have to eat, Henry my son? 
What did you have to eat, my beloved one?
Poisoned beads, poisoned beads,
make my bed I’ve a pain in my head
and I want to lie down.
 
What colour were those beads, Henry my son? 
What colour were those beads, my beloved one?
Green and yellow, green and yellow,
make my bed I’ve a pain in my head
and I want to lie down.
 
What will you leave your mother, Henry my son? 
What will you leave your mother, my beloved one?
A woolen blanket, a woolen blanket,
make my bed I’ve a pain in my head
and I want to lie down.
 
What will you leave your children, Henry my son? 
What will you leave your children, my beloved one?
The keys of heaven, the keys of heaven,
make my bed I’ve a pain in my head
and I want to lie down.
 
And what will you leave your sweetheart, Henry my son? 
What will you leave your sweetheart, my beloved one? 
A rope to hang her, a rope to hang her,
make my bed I’ve a pain in my head
and I want to lie down.