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John Riley (song)
John Riley is a traditional English folk song.
It tells the story of a prospective suitor who asks a woman whether she will go with him. She replies that she cannot - she is betrothed to John Riley, who has gone over the seas. He persists, asking her whether riley is worth waiting for - that he may be drowned, dead in the war, or married to another woman. She maintains that wshe will continue to wait for him, irrespective of his possible fate. In the last stanza, the suitor reveals that he is John Riley, returned from the seas, and has been testing his beloved.
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