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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTurmot hower
Roud No.1376
Collected FromUnknown
LocationUnknown
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByGibbs, J Arthur
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source Primary
Source SecondaryGibbs, J Arthur – Cotswold village- or country life and pursuits in Gloucestershire, John Murray 1898 p 96, 97
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I be a turmot hower,
Vram Gloucestershire I came;
My parents be hard working folk,
Giles Wapshaw be my name.

Chorus

The vly, the vly,
The vly be on the turmot,
And it be aal my eye, and no use to try,
To keep um off the turmot.

Verse 2

Zum be von o’ haymakin’,
An’zum be vond o’ mowin’,
But of aal the trades thet I likes best,
Gie I the turmot howin’.

Chorus

Verse 3

Twas on a summer mornin’,
Aal at the brake o’ day,
When I tuck up my turmot hower,
An’ trudged it far away.

Chorus

Verse 4

The vust pleace I got to work at,
It wus by the job,
But if I hed my chance agen,
I’d rather go to quod.

Chorus

Verse 5

The next pleace I got work at,
‘Twer by the day,
Vor one old Varmer Vlower,
Who sed I wur a rippin’ turmot hower.

Chorus

Verse 6

Sumtimes I be a-mowin’,
Sumtimes I be a-plowin’
Gettin’ the furrows aal bright and clear
Aal ready vor turmot sowin’.

Chorus

Verse 7

An’now my song be ended
I ‘ope you won’t call encore;
But if you’ll kum here another night,
I’ll seng it ye once more.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Glossary

Aal - all
Agen – again
Hed – had
Kum - come
Pleace - place
Sed - said
Seng – sing
Sumtimes – sometimes
Varmer – farmer
Vlower - FLower
Vond - fond
Vram – from
Vust - first
Wur – were
Wus – was
Zum - some

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2012.

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