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Song TitleAs I was taking my evening walk
Roud No.1734
Collected FromSmith, Alfred [Alf] [Shepherd]
LocationWatchfield
CountyBerkshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 1 - Indexes, lecture notes, Berkshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Bk 24
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 12th February, 1916, Part 18, No. 7
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I was taking my evening walk,
I met with a pretty girl, and to her did talk;
I asked her the question - "Are you going home?
Why, 'tis a great pity you should walk alone."

Verse 2

I asked her to go to the alehouse close by,
But the answer she gave me - "No thank you. Not I!"
"But if you will go with me, we'll not there long stay,
We'll both drink together and then come away."

Verse 3

Now, she being a neighbour and one that I knew,
I thought to myself - "This never will do!"
But I gave my consent and along with her went,
And this was the occasion caused me to lament.

Verse 4

Now her sweetheart being coming that very same day,
All in a sad humour, as I've heard them say,
And when he came in saying - "How do you do?"
She answers - "I'm never the better for you.

Verse 5

As you found your way out you may find your way in!
And as for your coming, I don't give a pin;
I have got my freedom, you can go as you come,
I wish you good evening, and a pleasant walk home."
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: A plain old piece, that was not without some popularity, however. I have heard the piece in villages far remote. Obtained of Mr Alf Smith, Watchfield, Berkshire.

In the first sentence the original text was: A plain song, ...

Williams, Alfred: WGS: A plain old piece, that was not without some popularity, however. I have heard the piece in villages far remote. Obtained of Mr Alf Smith, Watchfield, Berkshire.

Note 2

In Verse 2, Lines 2, 3 the original text was:

Verse 2

But the answer she gave me - "No thank you. Not I!"
"But if you will go there, we'll not stay long there,

In Verse 3 line 2 the original text was:

I thought to myself - Lord, what if I do [this is indistinct]

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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