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<h1>Son David - Chords, Lyrics and Origins</h1>
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<h2>Origins</h2>
<p>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'.</p>
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<h2>Chords</h2>
<p><span class="chords">Capo at 3rd Fret<br /> <br /> <br /> G<br /> </span><span class="lyrics">What's the blood on the point of your sword,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">O Son David, my Son David?<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">What's the blood on the point of your sword,</span><br /> <span class="chords"><br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="chords">              F          C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">Promise, tell me true?</span><span class="lyrics"><span class="lyrics"><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span></span><span class="chords"><br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">That's the blood of my grey mare<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">That's the blood of my grey mare -</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="chords">                        F          C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">She would not rule by me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">Your grey mare's blood was never so red,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Son David, my Son David;<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">Your grey mare's blood was never so red,</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="chords">              F          C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">Promise, tell me true?</span><span class="lyrics"><span class="lyrics"><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span></span><span class="chords">Em</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">That's the blood of my hawking hound,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">D</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">That's the blood of my hawking hound,</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><span class="chords">                        F          C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">She would not rule by me.</span><span class="lyrics"><span class="lyrics"><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span></span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Son David, my Son David;<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="chords">              F          C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">Promise, tell me true?</span><span class="lyrics"><span class="lyrics"><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span></span><span class="chords">Em</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">That's the blood of my brother John,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">D</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">That's the blood of my brother John,</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><span class="chords">                   F               C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">He drew his sword to me.</span><span class="lyrics"><span class="lyrics"><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span></span><span class="chords">Em</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">What did you fall out about,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">D</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Son David, my Son David?<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">It's all for a little holly bush</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><span class="chords">                     F               C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">That'll never grow to a tree.</span><span class="lyrics"><span class="lyrics"><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span></span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">I'll set my foot on a bottomless boat,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">Set my foot on a bottomless boat,</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="chords">        F           C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">Sail upon the sea.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span class="chords">G<br /> </span><span class="lyrics">When will you come back again,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">O Son David, my Son David?<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">When will you come back again?</span><br /> <span class="chords"><br /> </span><span class="chords">G</span><span class="chords">              F          C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">Promise, tell me true?</span><span class="lyrics"><span class="lyrics"><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </span></span><span class="chords">Em</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">D</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><br /> <span class="lyrics">When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,</span><span class="chords"><br /> <br /> </span><span class="chords">C</span><span class="chords">                     F         C</span><span class="lyrics"><br /> </span><span class="lyrics">And that will never be.</span></p>
<h2>Lyrics</h2>
<p>What's the blood on the point of your sword,<br />O Son David, my Son David?<br />What's the blood on the point of your sword,<br />Promise, tell me true?</p>
<p>That's the blood of my grey mare<br />O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br />That's the blood of my grey mare -<br />She would not rule by me.</p>
<p>Your grey mare's blood was never so red,<br />O Son David, my Son David;<br />Your grey mare's blood was never so red,<br />Promise, tell me true.</p>
<p><br />That's the blood of my hawking hound,<br />O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br />That's the blood of my hawking hound,<br />She would not rule by me.</p>
<p>Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,<br />O Son David, my Son David;<br />Your hawking hound's blood was never so clear,<br />Promise, tell me true.</p>
<p>That's the blood of my brother John,<br />O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br />That's the blood of my brother John,<br />He drew his sword to me.</p>
<p>What did you fall out about,<br />O Son David, my Son David?<br />It's all for a little holly bush<br />That'll never grow to a tree.</p>
<p>I'll set my foot on a bottomless boat,<br />O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br />Set my foot on a bottomless boat,<br />Sail upon the sea.</p>
<p>When will you come back again,<br />O Son David, my Son David?<br />When will you come back again?<br />Promise, tell me true.</p>
<p>When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,<br />O Lady Mother, my Lady Mother;<br />When the Sun and Moon meet in yonder glen,<br />And that will never be.</p>