Oh, the Wind and Rain

There were two sisters came walkin’ down the stream
Oh the wind and rain
One came high pushed the other one in
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

Johnny gave the youngest a gay gold ring
Oh the wind and rain
He didn’t give the eldest one  a thing
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

She  pushed her into the river to drown
Oh the wind and rain
And watched her as she floated down
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

Pushed her in the river to die
Oh the wind and rain
And watched her body go floatin’ by
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

Floated ’till she came to the miller’s pond
Oh the wind and rain
Father, oh father there swims a swan
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

The miller pulled her out with a line and  hook
Oh the wind and rain
Brought  that fair maid from the brook
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

Left her on the bank to dry
Oh the wind and rain
When a fiddlin’ fool come passing by
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

Down the road came a fidder fair
Oh the wind and rain
Took thirty strands of her long yellow hair
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

And he made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair
Oh the wind and rain
He made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

Made fiddle pegs of her long finger bones
Oh the wind and rain
Made fiddle pegs of her long finger bones
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

And he made a little fiddle of her little breast bone
Oh the wind and rain
With a sound that could melt a heart of stone
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

But the only tune that the fiddle would play
Was oh the wind and rain
The only tune that the fiddle would play
Was oh the dreadful wind and rain

What’s This?

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School is one folk musician's effort to document, honor and share a collection of folk songs I love and my personal history with them through research, essays, and performance. Read the essays here and watch this site for future performances.

What’s New?

Tara McGovern and I, joined by uilleann piper Jon Cooper, have completed the album version of Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School. For a taste of the CD listen to "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" and "I Ride an Old Paint" with "Midnight on the Water."

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I Ride an Old Paint/Midnight on the Water
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme