sweet thames flow softly lyrics – planxty

i met my girl at woolwich pier
beneath the big cranes standing
and oh, the love i felt for her
it p*ssed all understanding

took her sailing on the river
flow sweet river, flow
london town was mine to give her
sweet thames flow softly

made the thames into a crown
flow sweet river, flow
made a brooch of silver town
sweet thames flow softly

at london yard i held her hand
at blackwall point i faced her
at the isle of dogs i kissed her mouth
and tenderly embraced her

heard the bells of greenwich ringing, flow . . .
all the time i had was singing, sweet thames . . .

lighthouse reach i gave her there, flow . . .
as a ribbon for her hair, sweet thames . . .

from putney bridge to nine elms reach
we cheek to cheek were dancing
her necklace made of london bridge
her beauty was enhancing

kissed her once again at wapping, flow . . .
after that there was no stopping, sweet thames . . .

gave her hampton court to twist, flow . . .
into a bracelet for her wrist, sweet thames . . .
but now alas the tide has changed
my love she has gone from me
and winter’s frost has touched my heart
and put a blight upon me

creeping fog is on the river, flow . . .
sun and moon and stars gone with her, sweet thames . . .

swift the thames runs to the sea, flow . . .
bearing ships and part of me, sweet thames . . .

/ planxty lyrics