For years I’ve been playing this Bert Jansch tune, Rosemary Lane. I believe it’s a ‘traditional’ song. In it, a young servant woman lies with a visiting sailor, gets pregnant, and this begets a life of misery.
What’s confusing me is the line at the end of the second stanza here:
I can’t make sense of it. As the link notes, the POV changes from first person to third person and back again. Any ideas about what the bolded line means?
It’s not like I get quizzed on this stuff, but I do like to understand what I’m singing about, for the most part.