Gilding The Lilly

     
 

A bolt of pure silk from a Chinaman's loom
I know that would please you but really
All the silk in the world on you little girl
Would simply be gild on the lily

O all of my gifts pale as I give them to you
O just give me time
Surely there's something will do
And I'm going to bring it to you

An African Diamond as blue as their skies
I know that will please you, but really
The man had no diamond as blue as your eyes
But it would be gild on the lily

I wish I could give you what's locked in my heart
I know that would please you but really
I mislaid the key a long time ago
And it would be gild on the lily

O all of my gifts pale as I give them to you
O just give me time
Surely there's something will do
And I'm going to bring it to you


Nothing But A Breeze

 
1977 Jesse Winchester                 "Gilding The Lilly"
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