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Greensleeves  Traditional English Ballad

In 6/8 time
A-[Em]las, my [G]love, you [D]do me [Bm]wrong,
To [Em]cast me off dis-[Bm]courteously.
For [Em]I have [G]loved you [D]well and [Bm]long,
De-[Em]lighting [B7]in your [Em]company.
[Bm]Green-[G]sleeves was [D]all my [Bm]joy
[Em]Greensleeves was [Bm]my delight,
[Bm]Green-[G]sleeves was my [D]heart of [Bm]gold,
And [Em]who but my [B7]Lady [Em]Greensleeves.
A-[Em]las, my [G]love, that [D]you should [Bm]own
A [Em]heart of wanton [B7]vanity,
So [Em]must I [G]medi-[D]tate a-[B]lone
U-[Em]pon your [B7]insin-[Em]cerity.
Your [Em]vows you've [G]broken, [D]like my [Bm]heart,
Oh, [Em]why did you so en-[Bm]rapture me?
Now [Em]I re-[G]main in a [D]world a-[Bm]part
But my [Em]heart re-[B7]mains in cap-[Em]tivity.
I [Em]have been [G]ready [D]at your [Bm]hand,
To [Em]grant whatever [Bm]you would crave,
I [Em]have both [G]wagered [D]life and [Bm]land,
Your [Em]love and [B7]good-will [Em]for to have.
If [Em]you in-[G]tend thus [D]to dis-[Bm]dain,
It [Em]does the more en-[Bm]rapture me,
And [Em]even [G]so, I [D]still re-[Bm]main
A [Em]lover [B7]in cap-[Em]tivity.
My [Em]men were [G]clothed [D]all in [Bm]green,
And [Em]they did ever [Bm]wait on thee;
All [Em]this was [G]gallant [D]to be [Bm]seen,
And [Em]yet thou [B7]wouldst [Em]not love me.
Thou [Em]couldst de-[G]sire no [D]earthly [Bm]thing,
but [Em]still thou hadst it [Bm]readily.
Thy [Em]music [G]still to [D]play and [Bm]sing;
And [Em]yet thou [B7]wouldst [Em]not love me.
Well, [Em]I will [G]pray to [D]God on [Bm]high,
that [Em]thou my constancy [Bm]mayst see,
And [Em]that yet [G]once be-[D]fore I [Bm]die,
Thou [Em]wilt vouch-[B7]safe to [Em]love me.
Ah, [Em]Green-[G]sleeves, now fare-[D]well, a-[Bm]dieu,
To [Em]God I pray to [Bm]prosper thee,
For [Em]I am [G]still thy [D]lover [Bm]true,
Come [Em]once a-[B7]gain and [Em]love me.

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Anjijamjar (report)

There's no actual proof that it was written by Henry VIII although it is believed to have been written around the time of his reign. This version is over-complicated. Here in the UK it is mostly played in the key of Am (with G, E7 and C)in 3/4 time - 6/8 would make it be played as a fast jig!

sandyshore429 (report)

i believe this is the oldest song in written english.penned by henry the eighth. probably to some lady who didn't want her head cut off for not being good enuff in bed!