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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAcre of land Music Note (Music Score Available)
Roud No.12
Collected FromBailey, Francis [Frank]
LocationCoombe Bisset
Collected ByVaughan-Williams, Ralph
Alternative Titlehild No 002: Elfin knight
TuneVaughan-Williams, Ralph
Source PrimaryVaughan-Williams, Ralph: MS III 218; JFS II 212
Source SecondaryPalmer, Roy: Bushes and briars – folk songs collected by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, p 177, 200
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

My father left me an acre of land;


There goes this ivery,

My father left me an acre of land,


And a bunch of green holly and ivery.

Verse 2

I ploughed it with my ram's horn;
I sowed it with my thimble.

Verse 3

I harrowed it with my bramble bush;
I reaped it with my penknife.

Verse 4

I sent it home in a walnut shell;
I threshed it with my needle and thread.

Verse 5

I winnowed it with my handkerchief;
I sent it to mill with a team of great rats.

Verse 6

The carter brought a curly whip;
The whip did pop and the wagon did stop.
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Note 1

Ralph Vaughan-Williams - 'Sung by Frank Bailey, ex soldier, on 31st August, 1904 in the Fox and Goose, Coombe Bisset, Aug 31st, 1904.'

Note 2

Chris Wildridge - 'In the journal the first line of the refrain is followed by a question mark. My interpretation of the line is:

There gwine so savourey'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2008.

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