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Sweet Thames Flow Softly

  • (Ewan MacColl)

    I met my girl at Woolwich Pier beneath the big crane standing
    And all the love I felt for her it passed all understanding
    Took her sailing on the river, flow sweet river flow
    London town was mine to give her, sweet Thames flow softly
    Made the Thames into a crown, flow sweet river flow
    Made a brooch of Silver town, sweet Thames flow softly

    At London Yard I held her hand, at Blackwell Point I faced her
    At the Isle of Dogs I kissed her mouth and tenderly embraced her
    Heard the bells of Greenwich ringing, flow sweet river flow
    All the time my heart was singing, sweet Thames flow softly
    Limehouse Reach I gave her there, flow sweet river flow
    As a ribbon for her hair, sweet Thames flow softly

    From Shadwell Dock to Nine Elms Reach we cheek to cheek were dancing
    A necklace made of London Bridge her beauty was enhancing
    Kissed her once again at Wapping, flow sweet river flow
    After that there was no stopping, sweet Thames flow softly
    Richmond Park it was a ring, flow sweet river flow
    I'd have given her anything, sweet Thames flow softly

    From Rotherhithe to Putney Bridge my love I was declaring
    And she from Kew to Isleworth her love for me was swearing
    Love it set my heart a-burning, flow sweet river flow
    Never saw the tide was turning, sweet Thames flow softly
    Gave her Hampton Court to twist, flow sweet river flow
    Into a bracelet for her wrist, sweet Thames flow softly

    But now, alas, the tide has changed, my love she has gone from me
    And winter's frost has touched my heart and put a blight upon me
    Creeping fog is on the river, flow sweet river flow
    Sun and moon and stars gone with her, sweet Thames flow softly
    Swift the Thames runs to the sea, flow sweet river flow
    Bearing ships and part of me, sweet Thames flow softly

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1970:] Written for an experimental production by the Critics Group, based on Romeo and Juliet, which was broadcast to schools in May 1966. (Notes 'The World of Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger')

  • [1974:] Composed for a radio play about a London-based Romeo and Juliet. (Notes 'Planxty')

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