A song from Sussex and one from the repertoire of the wonderful and everlasting Copper Family. Each time that I sing this it brings up images of Fairlight Cove, near to Hastings, where this sad story is alleged to have happened. I do have memories of Fairlight Cove as my mother would take my sister and myself as young children on holiday there and at that time we were unaware of this tragic event.


The Constant Lovers    Traditional

Now as I was a walking down by the seashore 

Where the wind it did whistle and the waves they did roar

There I heard a fair maid make a terrible sound

 Like the wind and the waves that did echo around


Crying OH OH my love is gone he’s the youth I adore 

He’s gone and I never shall see him no more. 

She’d a voice like a nightingale skin like a dove 

And the song that she sang it was all about love

When I asked her to marry me marry me please 

And the answer she gave my love’s drowned in the sea.


I said I had gold and I’d silver beside 

On a coach and six horses with me she could ride

She said I’ll not marry nor yet prove a wife 

I’ll be constant and true all the days I have life.


Then she flung her arms wide and she took a great leap 

From the cliffs that were high to the billows so deep

Saying the rocks of the ocean shall be my death bed 

And the shrimps of the sea shall swim over my head.


And now every night at six bells they appear 

When the moon if is shining and stars they are clear

These two constant lovers in each others arms

Rolling over and over in each others charms