Katie Cruel

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‘Katie Cruel’ - Trad. arr. Salt House
(Verse in italics from Scots song: ‘Licht Bob's Lassie’)
‘Soft As Snow on Shore Street’ - Ewan MacPherson (MCPS & PRS)

lyrics

When I first came to town,
They called me the roving jewel.
Now they've changed their tune,
They call me Katie Cruel.

If I was where I would be,
Then I'd be where I am not.
Here I am where I must be,
Where I would be, I cannot.

Through the woods I’ll go,
Through the boggy mire,
Straightaway down the road,
Till I come to my heart's desire.

Feather beds are soft,
Painted rooms are bonnie,
I would leave them a’,
Tae be wi my ain own Johnny.

When I first came to town,
They bought me drinks a-plenty.
Now they've changed their tune,
They bring me bottles empty.

When I first came to town,
They called me the roving jewel.
Now they've changed their tune,
They call me Katie Cruel.

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from Lay Your Dark Low, released November 11, 2013

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