I Love My Love
June Tabor sang I Love My Love on her 2007 Topic CD Apples. She commented in her sleeve notes:
Collected by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles from Mrs Ellen Webb of Cane River, Burnsville, North Carolina on 21 September 1918. Sharp had written in 1917 “my sole purpose in visiting this country was to collect the traditional songs and ballads which… were still being sung there. I naturally expected to find conditions very similar to those which I had encountered in England when engaged on the same quest. But of this I was soon to be agreeably disillusioned. Instead… of having to confine my attention to the aged as in England… I discovered I could get what I wanted from pretty nearly everyone I met, young and old. In fact, I found myself for the first time in my life in a community in which singing was as common and almost as universal a practice as speaking.”
For a riveting account of Sharp and Karpeles' adventures while song-collecting in the Appalachian Mountains of the south-eastern United States, see Mike Yates' excellent introduction to Dear Companion (EFDSS 2004).
June Tabor sings I Love My Love
All my friends fell out with me
Because I kept my love's company.
But let them say or do what they will:
I love my love with a free good will.
Over the mountain I must go
Because my fortune is so low,
With an aching heart and a troubled mind
At leaving my true love behind.
The powers above look down and see
The parting of true love and me.
'Tis as hard to part the moon and sky
As it is to part true love and I.
When I have gold she has her part,
When I have none she has my heart,
And I gave that heart with a free good will
Upon my honour I love her still.
The winter's past and the summer's come,
The trees are blooming one by one,
And if my true love chooses to stay
I'll stay with her till the break of day.