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Song Lyrics

The words are different from the original (Child) version but this is a very close approximation of the song as performed by Sandy Denny.

``I forbid you maidens all that wear gold in your hair

To travel to Carterhaugh, for young Tam Lin is there

None that go by Carterhaugh but they leave him a pledge

Either their mantles of green or else their maidenhead``

Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee

And she`s gone to Carterhaugh as fast as go can she

She`d not pulled a double rose, a rose but only two

When up then came young Tam Lin, says,``Lady, pull no more``

``And why come you to Carterhaugh without command from me?``

``I`ll come and go``, young Janet said, ``and ask no leave of thee``

Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee

And she`s gone to her father as fast as go can she

Well, up then spoke her father dear and he spoke meek and mild

``Oh, and alas, Janet,`` he said, ``I think you go with child``

``Well, if that be so,`` Janet said, ``myself shall bear the blame

There`s not a knight in all your hall shall get the baby`s name

For if my love were an earthly knight, as he is an elfin grey

I`d not change my own true love for any knight you have``

So Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee

And she`s gone to Carterhaugh as fast as go can she

``Oh, tell to me, Tam Lin,`` she said, ``why came you here to dwell?``

``The Queen of Fairies caught me when from my horse I fell

And at the end of seven years she pays a tithe to hell

I so fair and full of flesh and fear it be myself

But tonight is Halloween and the fairy folk ride

Those that would let true love win at Mile`s Cross they must bide

So first let pass the horses black and then let pass the brown

Quickly run to the white steed and pull the rider down

For I`ll ride on the white steed, the nearest to the town

For I was an earthly knight, they give me that renown

Oh, they will turn me in your arms to a newt or a snake

But hold me tight and fear not, I am your baby`s father

And they will turn me in your arms into a lion bold

But hold me tight and fear not and you will love your child

And they will turn me in your arms into a naked knight

But cloak me in your mantle and keep me out of sight``

In the middle of the night she heard the bridle ring

She heeded what he did say and young Tam Lin did win

Then up spoke the Fairy Queen, an angry queen was she

Woe betide her ill-far`d face, an ill death may she die

``Oh, had I known, Tam Lin,`` she said, ``what this night I did see

I`d have looked you in the eyes and turned you to a tree``

Release History

The Sandy Denny song "Tam Lin" appears on the following albums:
A Boxful Of Treasures
11 October 2004

A Boxful Of Treasures

  1. 3.10 To Yuma (3:37)
  2. One Way Donkey Ride [Demo] (4:14)
  3. Si Tu Dois Partir (4:53)
  4. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (3:29)
  5. Whispering Grass [Radio Session] (3:46)
  6. Cajun Woman (2:42)
  7. I'm A Dreamer [Demo] (4:17)
  8. Next Time Around (alternate take without strings) (4:45)
  9. She Moves Through The Fair [Home Recording] (4:05)
  10. Solo (4:23)
  11. At the End of the Day (alternate take without strings) (6:29)
  12. Blackwaterside (4:12)
  13. Boxful Of Treasure [Home Recording] (1:44)
  14. Take Me Away [Demo] (4:00)
  15. The Ballad of Easy Rider (4:57)
  16. A Sailor's Life (1:10)
  17. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (4:11)
  18. Rising For The Moon [Demo] (3:09)
  19. The Sea Captain (3:09)
  20. They Don't Seem To Know You [Home Recording] (2:26)
  21. Go Your Way My Love [Home Recording] (4:12)
  22. Reynardine (4:33)
  23. Still Waters Run Deep [Demo] (3:10)
  24. Thro' My Eyes (2:37)
  25. Until The Real Thing Comes Along [Radio Session] (4:10)
  26. All Our Days [Demo] (3:40)
  27. Farewell, Farewell (2:38)
  28. Geordie [Home Recording] (3:45)
  29. John The Gun [Live] (4:47)
  30. Learning The Game (2:10)
  31. Been On The Road So Long (5:01)
  32. Here In Silence (3:51)
  33. No More Sad Refrains [Demo] (3:08)
  34. She Moves Through The Fair [Live] (4:11)
  35. Tam Lin (7:12)
  36. Bruton Town (radio session) (4:50)
  37. By The Time It Gets Dark [Demo] (3:21)
  38. One More Chance [Demo] (3:57)
  39. Sir Patrick Spens (radio session) (3:47)
  40. You Never Wanted Me (3:21)
  41. King & Queen Of England [Home Recording] (3:55)
  42. Sweet Rosemary [Demo] (2:58)
  43. The Music Weaver [Demo] (3:04)
  44. The Pond and the Stream (3:19)
  45. This Train (2:05)
  46. After Halloween [Demo] (2:58)
  47. Rising For The Moon (4:30)
  48. Sail Away To The Sea (3:23)
  49. The Sea (5:32)
  50. What Is True? [Demo] (3:16)
  51. Banks of the Nile (8:06)
  52. Stranger To Himself [Demo] (2:20)
  53. Tell Me What You See In Me (3:38)
  54. The Lady [Demo] (2:59)
  55. White Dress (3:44)
  56. I'am a Dreamer (4:48)
  57. Silver Threads and Golden Needles (4:29)
  58. Take Away The Load [Demo] (1:43)
  59. The Music Weaver (3:21)
  60. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (4:13)
  61. Autopsy [Demo] (4:27)
  62. By The Time It Gets Dark (3:24)
  63. By The Time It Gets Dark [Alternate Take] (3:41)
  64. Ecoute Ecoute (3:56)
  65. The Lowlands of Holland (radio session) (3:21)
  66. Full Moon [Home Recording] (5:01)
  67. No More Sad Refrains (2:49)
  68. Nothing More (4:16)
  69. Now And Then [Demo] (3:48)
  70. Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood (4:26)
  71. Gypsy Davey (3:40)
  72. I Don't Know Where I Stand (radio session) (3:41)
  73. It'll Take A Long Time (5:12)
  74. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [Live] (4:16)
  75. Losing Game (3:25)
  76. Bird on a Wire (radio session) (3:30)
  77. Easy To Slip (3:25)
  78. It'll Take A Long Time [Live] (4:59)
  79. Late November (4:38)
  80. No End [Solo Alternate Take] (7:36)
  81. Bushes And Briars [Radio Session] (2:38)
  82. Fotheringay (3:04)
  83. Full Moon (4:28)
  84. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? [Live] (5:08)
  85. Moments (final studio recording) (3:44)
  86. Nottamun Town (3:07)
  87. Walking The Floor Over You (4:19)
  88. Meet On The Ledge (5:14)
Sandy Denny
22 November 2010

Sandy Denny

  1. Blackwaterside (live) (3:24)
  2. Blues Run the Game (home demo) (3:26)
  3. Come All Ye (4:55)
  4. Fotheringay (3:07)
  5. I Wish I Was A Fool For You (For Shame Of Doing Wrong) (4:25)
  6. I Wish I Was a Fool for You (For Shame of Doing Wrong) (live) (4:32)
  7. It'll Take A Long Time (5:12)
  8. It'll Take a Long Time (demo) (4:39)
  9. Late November (4:38)
  10. Matty Groves (live) (8:19)
  11. Nothing More (4:16)
  12. On My Way (3:02)
  13. Solo (4:23)
  14. The False Bride (3:38)
  15. The King and Queen of England (home demo 1) (3:52)
  16. The Sea Captain (demo) (3:08)
  17. The Sea (demo) (5:20)
  18. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (home demo 2) (3:36)
  19. Blackwaterside (4:12)
  20. Gold Dust (3:55)
  21. John The Gun [Live] (4:47)
  22. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (4:11)
  23. Milk and Honey (home demo) (3:39)
  24. Motherless Children (home demo) (2:31)
  25. Mr Lacey (2:55)
  26. Next Time Around (demo) (5:05)
  27. Reynardine (4:33)
  28. Rising for the Moon (home demo) (3:05)
  29. Stranger to Himself (live) (3:45)
  30. Sweet Rosemary (2:27)
  31. Sweet Rosemary (demo 2) (2:34)
  32. The Sea (5:32)
  33. Who Knows Where the Times Goes? (5:08)
  34. Winter Winds (demo) (2:14)
  35. You Never Wanted Me (3:21)
  36. Book Song (3:13)
  37. By the Time It Gets Dark (acoustic demo) (3:22)
  38. Candle In The Wind (4:10)
  39. For Nobody To Hear (4:13)
  40. For Nobody to Hear (demo) (4:23)
  41. I'm a Dreamer (live) (4:46)
  42. Matty Groves (8:08)
  43. Milk and Honey (live) (3:24)
  44. One More Chance (home demo) (3:46)
  45. Soho (home demo)
  46. Something You Got (live) (2:26)
  47. Tell Me What You See In Me (3:38)
  48. The Optimist (demo) (4:31)
  49. The Pond and the Stream (demo) (3:06)
  50. The Sea Captain (3:09)
  51. This Train (2:05)
  52. Whispering Grass (3:58)
  53. Winter Winds (2:10)
  54. Been on the Road So Long (live) (2:43)
  55. Down In The Flood (3:20)
  56. Down in the Flood (live) (3:14)
  57. Farewell, Farewell (2:40)
  58. Friends (3:34)
  59. It Ain't Me Babe (home demo) (3:44)
  60. Milk & Honey (4:22)
  61. One Way Donkey Ride (acoustic version) (3:53)
  62. Peace In The End (4:02)
  63. She Moves Through The Fair [Live] (4:11)
  64. Stay Awhile With Me (2:22)
  65. Take Me Away (4:25)
  66. Take Me Away (live) (4:42)
  67. The King and Queen of England (home demo 2) (3:52)
  68. "The Lord Is in This Place... How Dreadful Is This Place" (2:01)
  69. The Way I Feel (original version) (4:02)
  70. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (3:55)
  71. Tomorrow is a Long Time (demo) (3:33)
  72. Wretched Wilbur (demo) (2:36)
  73. After Halloween (home demo) (2:59)
  74. All I Need Is You (2:19)
  75. Carnival (5:47)
  76. Crazy Lady Blues (demo) (3:32)
  77. East Virginia (home demo) (3:23)
  78. I'll Keep It With Mine (5:56)
  79. John The Gun (5:07)
  80. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [Live] (4:16)
  81. Nothing More (live) (4:21)
  82. One Way Donkey Ride (3:36)
  83. That'll Be the Day (live) (3:01)
  84. The Banks of the Nile (alternate take) (7:30)
  85. The Deserter (4:22)
  86. The Last Thing On My Mind (3:33)
  87. The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood (4:28)
  88. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood (demo) (2:35)
  89. The Quiet Land of Erin (live) (3:43)
  90. The Way I Feel (4:47)
  91. 3.10 To Yuma (3:37)
  92. Autopsy [Demo] (4:27)
  93. Dark The Night (4:30)
  94. Eastern Rain (3:36)
  95. Easy To Slip (3:25)
  96. Geordie (home demo) (3:42)
  97. I'm A Dreamer (4:46)
  98. Like an Old Fashioned Waltz (live) (4:11)
  99. Listen, Listen (3:56)
  100. Listen, Listen (demo) (5:07)
  101. Lord Bateman (6:14)
  102. Next Time Around (4:25)
  103. Rising For The Moon (4:09)
  104. Sail Away To The Sea (3:23)
  105. Tam Lin (7:20)
  106. The Pond And The Stream (3:19)
  107. The Sea (live) (5:10)
  108. What Is True? (home demo) (3:28)
  109. Winter Winds (take 1) (2:16)
  110. All Our Days (7:28)
  111. And You Need Me (3:14)
  112. At The End Of The Day (6:29)
  113. Banks Of The Nile (8:07)
  114. By the Time It Gets Dark (band demo) (3:25)
  115. Crazy Man Michael (4:40)
  116. In Memory (home demo) (2:31)
  117. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor (3:19)
  118. Nottamun Town (3:07)
  119. Now And Then [Demo] (3:48)
  120. Restless (4:09)
  121. Silver Threads & Golden Needles (3:42)
  122. Stranger to Himself (home demo) (2:17)
  123. The Lady (4:00)
  124. The Lady (demo 2) (3:01)
  125. The Lady (live) (3:45)
  126. The Optimist (3:26)
  127. Bushes and Briars (3:53)
  128. Bushes and Briars (demo) (3:51)
  129. Come All Ye (take 1) (5:24)
  130. Crazy Lady Blues (live) (1:34)
  131. Fotheringay (acoustic version) (3:05)
  132. Gold Dust (live) (3:53)
  133. I Love My True Love (home demo) (2:25)
  134. Let's Jump The Broomstick (2:43)
  135. Losing Game (3:25)
  136. No More Sad Refrains (live take) (3:05)
  137. Nothing Else Will Do (Sandy Denny lead vocal) (2:13)
  138. Pretty Polly (2:58)
  139. She Moves Through The Fair (3:30)
  140. Take Away the Load (home demo) (1:26)
  141. Until The Real Thing Comes Along (3:43)
  142. White Dress (3:45)
  143. Been On The Road So Long (5:01)
  144. By the Time It Gets Dark (home demo) (3:14)
  145. Eppie Moray (4:06)
  146. I'm a Dreamer (live take) (5:26)
  147. It Suits Me Well (5:04)
  148. It Suits Me Well (demo) (5:03)
  149. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (home demo) (2:24)
  150. Matty Groves (take 1) (7:44)
  151. Meet On The Ledge (2:49)
  152. No End (6:38)
  153. No More Sad Refrains (2:49)
  154. She Moves Through the Fair (acoustic version) (5:02)
  155. Solo (live) (4:46)
  156. Stranger To Himself (2:53)
  157. Two Weeks Last Summer (live) (4:17)
  158. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (with strings) (4:03)
  159. Wretched Wilbur (2:36)
  160. All Our Days (choral version) (3:23)
  161. And You Need Me (with strings) (3:08)
  162. Ethusel (home demo) (4:51)
  163. Full Moon (4:28)
  164. Genesis Hall (3:35)
  165. I'm a Dreamer (home demo 1) (4:08)
  166. Mr. Lacey (live) (2:56)
  167. My Ramblin' Boy (3:42)
  168. Solo (alternate version) (4:30)
  169. The Music Weaver (3:21)
  170. The Music Weaver [Demo] (3:04)
  171. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (3:29)
  172. What Is True? (3:12)
  173. Wild Mountain Thyme (3:31)
  174. 3:10 to Yuma (re-recorded version) (3:19)
  175. By The Time It Gets Dark (3:24)
  176. Carnival (home demo) (3:09)
  177. Crazy Lady Blues (3:24)
  178. Dawn (3:43)
  179. Ecoute Ecoute (3:56)
  180. Full Moon (home demo 1) (5:01)
  181. It'll Take A Long Time [Live] (4:59)
  182. Late November (live) (3:26)
  183. Like an Old Fashioned Waltz (without strings) (4:10)
  184. No End (piano version, alternate take) (10:32)
  185. Si Tu Dois Partir (3:18)
  186. Still Waters Run Deep (2:32)
  187. Tell me What You See in Me (with added sitar) (3:23)
  188. The Banks of the Nile (live) (7:23)
  189. Throwaway Street Puzzle (3:06)
  190. After Halloween (2:56)
  191. Autopsy (4:23)
  192. For Nobody to Hear (original version) (4:24)
  193. Friends (alternate take without strings) (3:31)
  194. Gypsy Davey (3:40)
  195. I'm a Dreamer (alternate take without strings) (4:24)
  196. If You Saw Thro' My Eyes (2:22)
  197. Memphis Tennessee (live) (3:28)
  198. Pretty Polly (re-recorded version) (2:35)
  199. Setting of the Sun (home demo) (2:34)
  200. Stay Awhile with Me (with strings) (2:14)
  201. Still Waters Run Deep (acoustic version) (2:53)
  202. Take Me Away (home demo) (4:00)
  203. The Ballad Of Easy Rider (4:55)
  204. Whispering Grass (demo) (4:13)
  205. Wretched Wilbur (live) (2:59)
  206. A Sailor's Life (11:08)
  207. All Our Days (full length version) (8:26)
  208. All Our Days (home demo) (3:24)
  209. Blackwaterside (alternate take) (4:17)
  210. Boxful of Treasure (home demo) (1:41)
  211. Dark the Night (alternate take) (4:35)
  212. Dear Landlord (4:06)
  213. Full Moon (acoustic version) (4:18)
  214. Interview (1974) (4:32)
  215. It's A Boy (0:44)
  216. Milk and Honey (re-recorded version) (4:26)
  217. One More Chance (8:21)
  218. The Music Weaver (without strings) (3:25)
  219. Tomorrow Is a Long Time (live) (3:57)
  220. Trouble (live) (4:00)
  221. Two Weeks Last Summer (2:03)
  222. Until the Real Thing Comes Along (demo) (3:24)
  223. A Sailor's Life (original version) (11:13)
  224. At the End of the Day (alternate take without strings) (6:29)
  225. Bruton Town (band rehersal) (live) (4:27)
  226. Cajun Woman (2:42)
  227. Candle in the Wind (acoustic version) (4:18)
  228. Here In Silence (3:51)
  229. Interview (1974 no. 2) (8:05)
  230. Next Time Around (alternate take without strings) (4:45)
  231. No More Sad Refrains (home demo) (3:04)
  232. No More Sad Refrains (without strings) (2:31)
  233. The Last Thing on My Mind (re-recorded version) (3:22)
  234. The North Star Grassman and the Ravens (live) (2:31)
  235. They Don't Seem to Know You (home demo) (2:23)
  236. Walking The Floor Over You (4:19)
  237. Water Mother (2:06)
  238. White Dress (alternate version) (3:26)
  239. Dawn (alternate version) (3:25)
  240. Full Moon (alternate version) (4:18)
  241. Gerrard Street (home demo) (1:49)
  242. Gypsy Davey (Joe Boyd mix) (3:32)
  243. Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor (re-recorded version) (3:08)
  244. Man Of Iron (7:38)
  245. Moments (Bryn Haworth) (3:25)
  246. No End (alternate take without strings) (6:39)
  247. No End (Solo piano version) (7:36)
  248. One More Chance (live) (8:21)
  249. Sir Patrick Spens (3:35)
  250. Still Waters Run Deep (home demo) (3:06)
  251. That'll Be the Day (2:00)
  252. The 12th of Never (2:28)
  253. What Will I Do with Tomorrow (2:24)
  254. Are the Judges Sane? (3:18)
  255. Fotheringay (home demo) (1:58)
  256. I Wish I Was a Fool for You (For Shame of Doing Wrong) (original version) (4:19)
  257. Late November (Joe Boyd mix) (4:20)
  258. Love's Made a Fool of You (3:07)
  259. No More Sad Refrains (live) (2:27)
  260. One More Chance (take 1) (3:29)
  261. One Way Donkey Ride (home demo) (4:08)
  262. Percy's Song (6:46)
  263. Sweet Rosemary (demo 1) (3:00)
  264. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood (take 1) (7:30)
  265. Breakfast in Mayfair (3:35)
  266. Gold Dust (alternate version) (4:18)
  267. I'm a Dreamer (home demo 2) (4:31)
  268. I Need You (1:41)
  269. Million Dollar Bash (2:54)
  270. She Moves Through the Fair (home demo) (4:03)
  271. The Lady (demo 1) (3:24)
  272. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood (take 4) (5:35)
  273. Two Weeks Last Summer (Joe Boyd mix) (3:35)
  274. Who Knows Where the Times Goes? (live) (7:09)
  275. Willie and the Hand Jive (3:23)
  276. After Halloween [Demo] (2:58)
  277. Full Moon (home demo 2) (4:01)
  278. Mr. Lacey (Sandy Denny lead vocal version) (2:57)
  279. Still Waters Run Deep (original version) (2:34)
  280. The Time Has Come (home demo) (4:01)
  281. When Will I Be Loved (3:16)
  282. Learning The Game (2:10)
  283. Makes Me Think of You (home demo) (2:47)
  284. Moments (acoustic version) (3:27)
  285. Seven Virgins (home demo) (2:54)
  286. A Little Bit of Rain (home demo) (2:30)
  287. Go Your Own Way My Love (home demo) (4:09)
  288. Cradle Song (home demo) (2:28)
  289. Blue Tattoo (home demo) (2:58)
  290. The Quiet Land of Erin (home demo) (3:20)
  291. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (home demo 1) (4:31)
Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (Sandy Denny album)
1985


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