Who has never heard the tune of Greensleeves? Not many, I bet as it is synonymous with English folk music and because it has been round one hell of a long time (it first appeared in print in 1580). Knowing the words is quite a different matter. As a child and young man I then found the lyrics pretty insipid, I mean "Alas! my love you do me wrong ....."
as starters coupled with a mournful over sentimental air is not much to get a young macho male worked up, especially when in competition with bawdy naval ballads and rugby songs. Now in my senility I have rediscovered its charms and quite enjoy singing it.
The version I sing can be found in Folk Songs of the British Isles
and originates from Ballet's Lutebook (early 17th century).
The song can also be found in Community Book of Fireside Songs
When with Das Trio
it would be beautifully sung by Britta Steenken while I accompanied her on my concertina..