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Willie Taylor, youthful lover
Full of love and loyalty
Just as he was about to get married
Pressed he was and sent to sea

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

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She dressed herself in man's apparel
Went by the name of Richard Carr
Pretty little fingers all red and rosy
All bedaubed with pitch and tar

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

One day in the heat of battle
Shot and shell were flying there
Silver button flew off her waistcoat
Left her lily-white breast quite bare

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

Then up stepped her bold commander
Says, "Fair maid what brought you here?"
"Come in search of Willie Taylor
Who was pressed from me last year"

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

"You come in search of Willie Taylor
Willie Taylor, he's not here
I do hear he lately got married
To some lovely lady fair

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

"If you rise early in the morning
Just before the break of day
There you'll see your Willie Taylor
Walking out with his lady gay"

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

She rose early in the morning
Just before the break of day
There she spied her Willie Taylor
Walking out with his lady gay

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

She's called for a brace of pistols
That were brought at her command
Fired and shot her false Willie
And the bride at his right hand

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

Come all you young men, pay attention
Don't play tricks on your young wives
Willie got shot and Polly got drownèd
And that was the end of both their lives

Ride the ring rattle-de-ho
Rattle-diddle-day-te
Rattle-diddle-day

Writer(s): traditional

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