Silver Blade

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Joan Baez

Joan Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice. more »


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Oh, I have myself a silver blade
The edges sharp, the handle bone
Little thing of silver made
Now it's the only thing I own
Once I knew a lordling fine
I heard him whistle as he rode
And I was bold to call him mine
The shoes upon his horse were gold, shoes were gold

One look into my eyes and he
Bid me climb onto his horse
He asked if I'd his lady be
And come away for ever more?
He spoke of love songs at each kiss
And I who was a young girl then
Was promised every young girl's bliss
Got up and rode away with him, away with him

He took me to his castle tall
With promises and jewels until
He led me through his castle hall
And took my clothes and worked his will
And when he had and I lay there
From my head with a silver blade
He cut a lock of my cold black hair
And bid me dress and go my way, go my way

But when I marked the silver blade
And where he said it when he did
And when his back was turned away
I buried it beneath his ribs
I used my dagger as a spade
Where the thorns and lilacs grow
I cut the ground into a grave
In a place that even God don't know

And every evening I returned
To the place for him I chose
Until his skin had turned to worms
Wild dogs scattered around his bones
And all I have of what I was
Is the memory of a maid
Who mistook a thief for love
But who gained a silver blade, silver blade

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Written by: Josh Ritter


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