Black Jack David (traditional) by Mike Heron/ The Incredible String Band

D                                    G               D

Black Jack David is the name that I bear

D                                             A

Been alone in the forest a long time

D                                    G               D
But the time is coming when a lady I’ll find

G                      D

I will love her, hold her

A                                          D

Singing through the green green trees

Break: G – D – A – D

[the rest of the verses follow the same pattern]

And the skin on my hands is like the leathery hide
and my face is hard from the cold wind
But my heart so warm with the song that I sing
Would charm a fair lady
Singing through the green green trees

Fair Eloise rode out that day
From her fine fine home in the morning
In the flush of the dawn came a sound to her ear
Drifting and floating
Singing through the green green trees

Now fifteen summers was all that she’d seen
And her skin was as soft as the velvet
But she’s forsaken her fine fine home
And Black Jack David is
Singing through the green green trees

Last night she slept on a fine feather bed
Far far from Black jack David
But tonight she will sleep on the cold cold ground
And love him and hold him
Singing through the green green trees

Saddle me up my fine gray mare
Cried the lord of the house next morning
For the servants tell me my daughter’s gone
With Black Jack David
Singing through the green green trees

And he rode all day and he rode all night
But he never did find his daughter
But he heard from afar come adrift on the wind
Two voices laughing
Singing through the green green trees

Oh Black Jack David is the name that I bear
Been alone in the forest for a long time
But now I have found me a lady so fair
I will love her and hold her
Singing through the green green trees

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