Two Turtle Doves

Alana Henderson

We once were like two turtle doves

On a bough up in the blue

I never knew what love could do

My dear ‘til I met you

 

Here I lie on feather bed

Feathers from the wing

Oh feathers to caress me now

But none to hear me sing

It is a cold and wintry night

That I must lie alone

My turtle dove has taken flight

Oh will he ne’er come home come home

Oh will he ne’er come home?

 

And when he left my turtle dove

Sand fare thee well a while

He promised he’d return to me

If it took ten thousand miles

Ten thousand miles is a very long while

With you not here with me

And though I will lament you love

My tears you will not see

 

Oh do you see the turtle dove

Who flies from vine to vine

She’s looking for her own true love

As I have looked for mine

And do you hear the turtle dove

In yonder mulberry tree

She’s weepin’ for her own true love

As I have wept for thee

 

So fair thou art my bonny lad

So deep in love am I

That I’ll ne’er love another

‘Til the stars fall from the sky

The sea it could run dry my dear

The rocks could melt in the sun

But I’ll ne’er love another lad

‘Til all these things be done

 

Th blackest crow you’ve ever seen

Will turn its feathers white

If ever I forget you dear

The day will turn to night

And hills will fly my turtle dove

The raging billows burn

And fire will freeze and snow will rise

The elements will turn

 

And if he ne’er returns to me

My heart will stop thereof

Place two turtle doves upon my chest

To show I died for love

Two turtle doves upon my chest

To show I died for love

 

We once were like two turtle doves

On a bough up in the blue

I never knew what love could do

My dear ‘til I loved you

 

 

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