Over to Isobel


Words: Jake Thackray, adapted from "Je Rejoindrai Ma Belle" by Georges Brassens
Music: Georges Brassens

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When love is in my bones
I'll go by stepping stones
And over shoals of mackerel
I'll skip along to Isobel.
When love is in my bones
I'll go by stepping stones,
I'll skip across on tippy-toe.

A tempest passing by
Will leave you high and dry by
Overflowing all your stepping stones;
A tempest passing by
Will leave you high and dry.
Go kiss your stepping stones goodbye.

If hurricanoes blow
To flood my stepping stones
I'll take a little cockleshell
And bob across to Isobel.
If hurricanoes blow
To flood my stepping stones
I'll take a jollyboat and row.

A pirate passing by
Will leave you high and dry by
Scuppering your pretty cockleshell;
A pirate passing by
Will leave you high and dry.
Go kiss your jollyboat goodbye.

In spite of scupperings
My love will grow me wings
And like a stormy petrel
I'll skim along to Isobel.
In spite of scupperings
My love will grow me wings,
And as I go I'll tremulously sing.

The hunter's narrow eye
Will shoot you from the sky,
Tumble, tumble, tattered petrel;
The hunter's wicked eye
Will pick you from the sky.
Go kiss your love affair goodbye.

If my descending bones
Go down to Davy Jones,
Ah! Will you tell my Isobel
How much I loved her as I fell,
And ask her to be true
And give it a day or two
Before she kisses someone new.

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