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According to the Matty Groves Songfacts, "Matty Groves" is an English Folk ballad dating back to at least the 17th century. It describes an adulterous tryst between a man and a woman that is ended when the woman's husband discovers and kills them.

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A holiday, a holiday
And the first one of the year
Lord Donald's wife came into the church
The Gospel for to hear

And when the meeting it was…

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