Oh, when, my dear, oh when, you come a-walking up the road,
Then everything that heavy was is now no more a load.
Yes, I was bound in heaviness, for you I didn’t see,
And this long way was heavier than heavy rocks that be.
But then, my dear, but then, you came a-walking sweet and fair,
And suns and stars were sparkling all round your eyes and hair!
A bit of bounce was in your arms, a-swinging side to side,
And then, my dear, oh then, was I awake with pride!
For oh, my dear, and oh, my love, you buoyed me like air,
And I was wholly bubbly light when you came by me there!
When everything that heavy was is now no more a load,
It’s when, my dear, it’s when, you come a-walking up the road.