Black and Blue

 

Black is the colour of my true love’s hair
and sea blue are his eyes
but brown is where my duty lies
and brown is my despair.

I rise at dawn and tend to him
my brown-eyed concubine
but black is the colour of my true love’s hair
and blacker still my mind.

I look into my husband’s eyes
and swim within the brown
but black is the colour of my true love’s hair
and sea blue are his eyes -

black as the sky on midnight’s chime
and blue as brilliant day
black and blue are my sweetheart’s lies
but brown is what I bear.

 

‘Black is the colour of my true love’s hair’ is the title of a traditional folk song, thought to have originated from Scotland, later re-worked by Nina Simone.

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