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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleLinen song
Roud No.869
Collected FromPerrior, Joseph Frederick
LocationShrewton
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByKennedy, Peter
Alternative TitleDashing away with the smoothing iron
TuneKennedy, Peter
Date1954
Source PrimaryKennedy, Peter: Wiltshire village songs and customs Folktrax 406
Source SecondaryKennedy, Peter: Folksongs of Britain and Ireland Oak 1984 0 7119 0283 6 p 462
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Twas on of a Monday mornin', when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She were so fresh, a-willin'oh, a-washin' out her linen oh,
A-washin' out her linen oh, she stole my 'eart away.

Verse 2

Twas on of a Tuesday mornin' when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She was so fresh, a-willin' oh, a-wringin' out her linen oh,
A-wringin' out her linen oh, she stole my 'eart away.

Verse 3

Twas on of a Wednesday mornin' when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She was so fresh, a-willin' oh, a-dampin' out her linen oh,
A-dampin' out her linen oh, she stole my 'eart away.

Verse 4

Twas on of a Thursday mornin' when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She was so fresh, a-willin' oh, a-ironin' out her linen oh,
A-ironin' out her linen oh, she stole my 'eart away.

Verse 5

Twas on of a Friday mornin' when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She was so fresh, a-willin' oh, a-folding up her linen oh,
A-folding up her linen oh, she stole my 'eart away.

Verse 6

Twas on of a Saturday mornin' when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She was so fresh, a-willin' oh, a-wearin' all her linen oh,
A-wearin' all her linen oh, she stole my 'eart away.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Joseph Frederick Perrior was collected as Fred Perrier.

Note 2

Chris Wildridge - 'This is a transcription from the Peter Kennedy recording issued as Folktrax 406 Wiltshire village songs and customs. The wording differs slightly from that published in Folksongs of Britain and Ireland.

Note 2

In Kennedy, Peter: Folksongs of Britain and Ireland Oak 1984 0 7119 0283 6 song 205 differs thus:

Verse 6

Twas on of a Saturday mornin' when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She was so fresh, a-willin' oh, an-airin' all her linen oh,
A-airin' all her linen oh, she stole my heart away.

Verse 7

Twas on of a Sunday mornin' when I did see me darlin',
When I did see me darlin' in every high degree;
She was so fresh, a-willin' oh, a-wearin' all her linen oh,
A-wearin' all her linen oh, she stole my heart away.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2008.

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