Rainy, Haily, Windy Night
Oh, me hat is frozen to me head
Me feet are like two lumps of lead,
I’m stuck out here, half drench’d, half dead,
A-standing at your window.
“O, let me in!” the soldier cried, [Cold haily windy night];
“O, let me in,” the soldier cried, “For I’ll not come back again-o.”

“Oh me daddy he watches in the street,
Me mam the chamber keys do keep.
And o, the door, how it do creak:
I dare not let you in-o.”
“O, let me in,” the soldier cried, [Cold haily windy night];
“O, let me in,” the soldier cried, “For I’ll not come back again-o.”

Oh she’s rose up and let him in,
She’s kiss’d her true love, cheek and chin,
She’s drawn him between the sheets
And then she’s open’d and she’s let him in-o.
O, then she has blessed the rainy night, [Cold haily windy night];
O, then she blessed the rainy night, that she open’d and she let him in-o.

“Soldier, soldier, stay with me?
O, soldier, soldier, marry me?”
“Oh no, my dear, you’re not for me
So fare thee well forever!”
O, then she curs’d the rainy night, [Cold haily windy night];
O, then she curs’d the rainy night that she open’d and she let him in-o.

He’s jumped up all off the bed
And he’s put his hat upon his head,
And she has lost her maidenhead
Her mammy has heard the din-o.
O, then she has cursed the rainy night, [Cold haily windy night];

O, then she has cursed the rainy night that she open’d and she let him in-o.

Traditional, arr. D Newell