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In Amsterdam there lived a maid

Mark well what I do say

In Amsterdam there lived a maid

And she was mistress of her trade

I'll go no more a-roving with you fair maid.


Chorus: A-roving, a-roving

Since roving's been my ru-i-in

I'll go no more a-roving with you fair maid.


I took that fair maid for a walk

Mark well what I do say

I took that fair maid for a walk

And we had such a loving talk

I'll go no more a-roving with you fair maid.


I put my arm around her waist

Mark well what I do say

I put my arm around her waist

So slim and trim and tightly laced

I'll go no more a-roving with you fair maid.


I took that maid upon my knee

Mark well what I do say

I took that maid upon my knee

Said she, "Give over! Let me be!"

I'll go no more a-roving with you fair maid.

Maid of Amsterdam

Traditional Sea Shanty - Backing Track with Lyrics

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Nils Brown, Michiel Schrey, Sean Dagher

There are many versions of this song, dating from 1600

A ROVING