The Ballad of Sarah Gray. Paul James and the Drowned Lovers.

Traditional English folk song arranged by Paul James and the Drowned Lovers.

Recorded by Damon Sawyer at Platform Studios. 2018.

Paul James - vocals, saxophone. Fiona Barrow - violin. Emma Holbrook - drums. Chris Moore - piano. Victor Nicholls - guitar. Jo Wadeson - bass.


The ballad of Sarah Gray (otherwise known as the traditional English folk song William Taylor)

I'll sing you a song about two young lovers,
Who from Lichfield town they came,
The young man's name was William Taylor,
The maiden’s name was Sarah Gray.

William Taylor, he enlisted,
For a soldier he has gone,
He’s gone and left his own true lover
For to sigh and for to mourn.

Sarah’s parents, they did despise her,
They filled her heart with grief and woe,
And then at last she vowed and told them
For a soldier she would go.

She's dressed herself in man's apparel.
Man's apparel she put on
To go and seek her own true lover,
For to find him she has gone.

One day as she was exercising,
Exercising with the rest,
A silver chain fell from her waistcoat
And exposed her lily-white breast.

The Sergeant Major he came up to her,
Asked of her what brought her here,
"I've come to seek my own true lover
Who has proved to me so dear".

"If you've come to seek your own lover
Pray tell to me his name"
"His name, it is Bold William Taylor
And from Lichfield town he came".

"If his name is William Taylor,
William Taylor he’s not here
He lately married a rich young lady
Worth ten thousand pound a year.

"If you rise early in the morning
Just before the break of day,
There you will see Bold William Taylor
A-walking with his lady fair"

She called out for sword and pistol
Sword and pistol she put on
She’s fired and shot bold William Taylor
With his bride at his right hand.