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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleHaymakers
Roud No.153
Collected FromLuker, Jane Mrs.
LocationArlington
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 46
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 13th May, 1916, p 3, Part 30, No. 7: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 187, 188
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

In the pleasant month of May,
In the spring-time of the year,
'Twas down in yonder meadow,
There's a river runs so clear;
'Twas there the pretty fishes,
How they do sport and play!
And every lad and every lass,
Went there a-haymaking.

Verse 2

In comes the jolly scythes-men,
To mow the meadow down,
With the good old leather bottle,
And the ale that is so brown;
There's many a stout young labouring man,
Comes here his skill to try,
While he sweats and blows, and stoutly mows,
For the grass cuts very dry.

Verse 3

Here's nimble Ben and Tom,
With pitchfork and with rake,
Here's Molly, Liz and Sue,
Come here the hay to make;
While sweet, sweet, sweet; jug, jug, jug,
The merry nightingale doth sing,
From morning until evening,
As they were hay making.

Verse 4

Just as that bright day faded,
And the sun was going down,
There was a jolly piper,
Coming from the town;
He pulled out his pipe and tabor,
And sweetly he did play,
And every lad, and every lass,
They left off hay making.

Verse 5

Then, joining in a dance,
They jigged it on the green,
Though tired with the labour,
Not one less was seen;
But, sporting like some fairies,
Their dance they did pursue,
In leading up, and casting off,
Till morning was in view.

Verse 6

When tired of the dancing,
Not one did leave the throng,
They slept all in the hay cocks,
Till the rising of the sun;
The sun did shine most glorious,
And sweet the birds did sing,
Then every lad and every lass,
Went again a-hay making.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This was formerly highly popular throughout the Thames Vale. I have heard parts of it at Kemble, Blunsdon, South Marston and Childrey, near Wantage, Berkshire. The full copy I obtained of Mrs Jane Looker, Bibury, Gloucestershire.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'This was formerly exceedingly popular throughout the Thames Vale. I have heard parts of it at Kemble, Blunsdon, South Marston and Childrey, near Wantage, Berkshire. The full copy I obtained of Mrs Jane Looker, Arlington, Bibury, Gloucestershire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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