I NEVER WILL MARRY

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I NEVER WILL MARRY
There are several songs of this type. “I Will Never Marry” seems to have appeared in
England as “The Lover’s Lament for Her Sailor.” Most versions end by the woman
drowning herself. It was written by Fred Hellerman, using the nom de plume “Fred
Brooks”. Fred Hellerman was a member of the Weavers and you can find this song in The
Weavers Songbook. The tune is very close to the traditional one.
They say that love’s a gentle thing
But it’s only brought me pain
For the only man I ever loved
Has gone on the morning train
I never will marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the days of my life
Well the train pulled out
The whistle blew
With a long and a lonesome moan
He’s gone he’s gone
Like the morning dew
And left me all alone
I never will marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the days of my life
Well there’s many a change in the winter wind
And a change in the cloud’s design
There’s many a change in a young man’s heart
But never a change in mine
I never will marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the days of my life