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    The words are different from the original (child) version but this is a very close approximation of the song as performed by sandy denny.

    i forbid you maidens all that wear gold in your hair

    To travel to carterhaugh, for young tam lin is there

    None that go by carterhaugh but they leave him a pledge

    Either their mantles of green or else their maidenhead

    Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee

    And shes gone to carterhaugh as fast as go can she

    Shed not pulled a double rose, a rose but only two

    When up then came young tam lin, says,lady, pull no more

    and why come you to carterhaugh without command from me?

    ill come and go, young janet said, and ask no leave of thee

    Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee

    And shes gone to her father as fast as go can she

    Well, up then spoke her father dear and he spoke meek and mild

    ``oh, and alas, janet, he said, i think you go with child

    ``well, if that be so, janet said, myself shall bear the blame

    Theres not a knight in all your hall shall get the babys name

    For if my love were an earthly knight, as he is an elfin grey

    Id not change my own true love for any knight you have

    So janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee

    And shes gone to carterhaugh as fast as go can she

    ``oh, tell to me, tam lin, she said, why came you here to dwell?

    ``the queen of fairies caught me when from my horse I fell

    And at the end of seven years she pays a tithe to hell

    I so fair and full of flesh and fear it be myself

    But tonight is halloween and the fairy folk ride

    Those that would let true love win at miles cross they must bide

    So first let pass the horses black and then let pass the brown

    Quickly run to the white steed and pull the rider down

    For Ill ride on the white steed, the nearest to the town

    For I was an earthly knight, they give me that renown

    Oh, they will turn me in your arms to a newt or a snake

    But hold me tight and fear not, I am your babys father

    And they will turn me in your arms into a lion bold

    But hold me tight and fear not and you will love your child

    And they will turn me in your arms into a naked knight

    But cloak me in your mantle and keep me out of sight

    In the middle of the night she heard the bridle ring

    She heeded what he did say and young tam lin did win

    Then up spoke the fairy queen, an angry queen was she

    Woe betide her ill-fard face, an ill death may she die

    oh, had I known, tam lin, she said, what this night I did see

    Id have looked him in the eyes and turned him to a tree

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