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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIf you will walk with me
Roud No.573
Collected FromRussell, Mrs.
LocationTetbury
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleKeys of Canterbury
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No 317
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 16th October, 1915, p 2, Part 3, No 5: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 80, 81
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Youth

Verse 1

My dear, I will give you a fine beaver hat,
Four red feathers, and a streamer down your back,
If you will walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me

Maiden

Verse 2

I will not accept your fine beaver hat,
Four red feathers, and a streamer down my back,
Neither will I walk with you, my dear,
Neither will I walk with you.

Youth

Verse 3

My dear, I will give you a hundred yards of silk,
That you may have a train along the ground,
If you will walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me

Maiden

Verse 4

I will not accept your hundred yards of silk,
That I may have a train along the ground,
Neither will I walk with you, my dear,
Neither will I walk with you.

Youth

Verse 5

My dear, I will give you a coach and six,
Six black horses as black as any pitch,
If you will walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me

Maiden

Verse 6

I will not accept your coach and six,
Six black horses as black as any pitch,
Neither will I walk with you, my dear,
Neither will I walk with you.

Youth

Verse 7

My dear, I will give you the keys of my heart,
To lock us together that we may never part.
If you will walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me

Maiden

Verse 8

Then I will accept of the keys of your heart,
To lock us together that we may never part,
And will I walk with you, my dear,
And will I walk with you.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms /WGS: 'Obtained at Tetbury, of Mrs Russell, late of Crudwell. There is another version of this song, inferior to ours, and which is described as a 'Cheshire County song'. Possibly this is the older and more original form; it is evidently of great age, and a good specimen.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'Obtained at Tetbury, of Mrs Russell, late of Crudwell. The version is evidently of great age, and a good specimen.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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