House Carpenter Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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Well met, well met, my own true love
Well met, well met, cried she
I've just returned from the salt, salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee

I could have married a King's daughter there
She would have married me
But I have forsaken my King's daughter there
It's all for the love of thee

Well, if you could have married a King's daughter there
I'm sure you're the one to blame
For I am married to a house carpenter
And I'm sure he's a fine young man

Forsake, forsake your house carpenter
And come away with me
I'll take you where the green grass grows
On the shores of sunny Italy

So up she picked her babies three
And gave them kisses, one, two, three
Saying "take good care of your daddy while I'm gone
And keep him good company."

Well, they were sailin' about two weeks
I'm sure it was not three
When the younger of the girls, she came on deck
Sayin' she wants company

"Well, are you weepin' for your house and home?
Or are you weepin' for your babies three?"
"Well, I'm not weepin' for my house carpenter
I'm weepin' for my babies three."

Oh what are those hills yonder, my love
They look as white as snow
Those are the hill of heaven, my love
You and I'll never know

Oh what are those hills yonder, my love
They look as dark as night
Those are the hills of hell-fire my love
Where you and I will unite

Oh twice around went the gallant ship
I'm sure it was not three
When the ship all of a sudden, it sprung a leak
And it drifted to the bottom of the sea

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love it | Reviewer: lawrence Parkes | 1/21/10

This is one of my all time favourites, I've heard 4 versions. The band Cara has a great version using traditional irish instruments, including the bodhran, however Cara's version changes the lyrics slightly, Nickel Creek's version speaks of one child not three, also very good though. The best version, I think is by Mick McAuley, the way he arranges the song is brilliant, and he stays true to the Bob Dylan lyrics. Thanx Micheal for your review, I found it interesting cheers

Transcendence and Two not Three | Reviewer: Michael | 1/1/10

I didn't realize that the sailor was a seducing demon until the line "When the youngest of the girls" came along. The ship was full of the seduced below deck.

As time passed someone, maybe Bob Dylan, changed the lyrics from the original 18th century celtic ballad to accentuate the numbers two and three. This is the part that floored me! I've written extensively of the significance of the branching mechanism in evolution, transcendence and how it's affected by the difference between duality versus the the trinity. This ballad could have been titled "Two not Three" and really driven the point home.

Specifically here:
Origins of Thought by Michael Stancato of Thought 01 LowRez.pdf

The larger picture here:

abandoned husband | Reviewer: feeling | 12/23/08

Isn't it pretty straightforward? Don't abandon your husband and children for an old flame and get on a boat to sail away with your new lover, or the devil-in-disguise will sink your ship and take you to hell.

Beautiful song it is | Reviewer: Alex Chriss | 12/7/08

I wonder what is the meaning of this song really..
I like the music and the tone, many artists has performed this, and many of them were so good. I like the lyrics, it's like a story-telling about a sad love story, but if there's a meaning behind the song, I really desire to know.

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