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Son David - Chords, Lyrics and Origins

Origins

Son David, as performed by June Tabor and the Oysterband, is a traditional murder ballad.  It is a variant of the ballad, 'Edward', which is also known as 'What Put the Blood'.

Chords

Capo at 3rd Fret


G
What's the blood on the point of your sword,

G
O Son David, my Son David?

G
What's the blood on the point of your sword,

G              F          C
Promise, tell me true?




G
That's the blood of my grey mare

G
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;

G
That's the blood of my grey mare -

G                        F          C
She would not rule by me.



G
Your grey mare's blood was never so red,

G
O Son David, my Son David;

G
Your grey mare's blood was never so red,

G              F          C
Promise, tell me true?



Em
That's the blood of my hawking hound,

D
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;

C
That's the blood of my hawking hound,

C                        F          C
She would not rule by me.



G
Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,

G
O Son David, my Son David;

G
Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,

G              F          C
Promise, tell me true?



Em
That's the blood of my brother John,

D
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;

C
That's the blood of my brother John,

C                   F               C
He drew his sword to me.




Em
What did you fall out about,

D
O Son David, my Son David?

C
It's all for a little holly bush

C                     F               C
That'll never grow to a tree.



G
I'll set my foot on a bottomless boat,

G
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;

G
Set my foot on a bottomless boat,

G        F           C
Sail upon the sea.




G
When will you come back again,

G
O Son David, my Son David?

G
When will you come back again?

G              F          C
Promise, tell me true?



Em
When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,

D
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;

C
When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,

C                     F         C
And that will never be.

Lyrics

What's the blood on the point of your sword,
O Son David, my Son David?
What's the blood on the point of your sword,
Promise, tell me true?

That's the blood of my grey mare
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;
That's the blood of my grey mare -
She would not rule by me.

Your grey mare's blood was never so red,
O Son David, my Son David;
Your grey mare's blood was never so red,
Promise, tell me true.


That's the blood of my hawking hound,
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;
That's the blood of my hawking hound,
She would not rule by me.

Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,
O Son David, my Son David;
Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,
Promise, tell me true.

That's the blood of my brother John,
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;
That's the blood of my brother John,
He drew his sword to me.

What did you fall out about,
O Son David, my Son David?
It's all for a little holly bush
That'll never grow to a tree.

I'll set my foot on a bottomless boat,
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;
Set my foot on a bottomless boat,
Sail upon the sea.

When will you come back again,
O Son David, my Son David?
When will you come back again?
Promise, tell me true.

When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,
O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;
When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,
And that will never be.

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