Blow The Candles Out

Blow The Candles Out

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter at Brigid Meier's 16th birthday party in 1961. (Thanks to Dan Franzen for help with the lyrics)

When I was apprenticed in London town I went to see my dear
The candles all were blowing and the moon shone bright and clear
I knocked upon her window to ease her of her pain
She rose to let me in and then she barred the door again

I liked well your behavior and thus I'd often say
I cannot rest contented, love, while you are far away
The roads they are so muddy we cannot [gain] about
So roll me in your arms, love, and blow the candles out

Your mother and your father in yonder room do lie
A-hugging one another, so why not you and I
A-hugging one another without a fear or doubt
So roll me in your arms, love, and blow the candles out

And if we prove successful love, pray name it after me
Kiss it sweet and keep it neat and [daff] it on your knee
When my three years are ending, my time it has run out
I'll level my indebtedness by blowing the candles out
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     26 May 1961 Before The Dead Bob and Jerry

Traditional versions sometimes have another verse:
I pray thee speak more softly of what we have to do
That our noise of talking should not make our pleasure rue
The streets they are so nigh, love, the people walk about
They may peep in and spy, love, so blow the candles out

 


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