I Wish My Baby Was Born

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Words and music by Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus & Tim O'Brien, as recorded for the soundtrack to the feature film Cold Mountain

I wish (I wish)
My baby was born
And sitting on
Its papa's knee
And me, poor girl (and me, poor girl)
Were dead and gone
And the green grass growing
O'er my feet

I ain't ahead (I ain't ahead)
Nor never will be
'Til the sweet apple grows
On a sour apple tree
But still I hope (but still I hope)
The time will come
When you and I
Shall be as one

I wish (I wish)
My love had died
And sent his soul
To wander free
Then we might meet (then we might meet)
Where ravens fly
Let our poor body
Rest in peace

The owl (the owl)
Is a lonely bird
It chills my heart
With dread and terror
That someone's blood (that someone's blood)
There on his wing
That someone's blood
There on his feather.