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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleI'm Yorkshire though in London
Roud No.1640
Collected FromCouling, George
LocationSwindon
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 95
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When first in London I arrived,
On a visit, on a visit,
When first in London I arrived,
Midst heavy rain and thunder,
There I espied, dressed all in green,
The fairest lass that eyes e'er seen,
I've heard much talk of Beauty's Queen,
Thinks I, by God, I've found her.

Chorus

Tooral looral laddy i,
Tooral looral ido

Verse 2

She stood stock still, I did the same,
Gazing on her, gazing on her,
She stood stock still, I did the same,
We both looked mighty simple,
Her cheeks were like the blushing rose,
That on the hedge neglected grows,
Her eyes were black as any sloes,
And near her mouth a dimple.

Chorus

Verse 3

'Madam,' said I, and made a bow,
Scraping to her, scraping to her,
'Madam,' said I, and made a bow,
'I've quite forgot the weather,
If you will me permission give,
I'll see you home where'er you live,'
At that she catched hold of my sleeve,
And off we went together.

Chorus

Verse 4

A pretty wild goose chase we had,
Up and down, sir, in and out, sir,
A pretty wild goose chase we had,
The cobble stones so galled me,
At last we came up to a door,
Where there were lassies full a score,
Who thought to have a bit of galore,
With 'Bumpkin', as they called me.

Chorus

Verse 5

'Come in, kind sir,' she said to me,
So politely, so politely,
'Come in, kind sir,' she said to me,
'I say young man, you're undone,
Come in,' says she, 'No! No!' says I,
'For I have other fish to fry,
I've seen you home, so now: Goodbye!
I'm Yorkshire though in London.'

Chorus

Verse 6

My pocket book I soon rummaged o'er,
Cautious ever, cautious ever,
My pocket book I soon rummaged o'er,
Where I a diamond ring found,
For I had these precautions took,
To fix in my pocket a small fish hook,
In searching for my pocket book,
The hook it stripped her finger.

Chorus

Verse 7

Six weeks I've been in London town,
Living idle, living idle,
Six weeks I've been in London town,
Thinks I, 'Tis time to work, sure,'
I did not act a silly ass,
I sold the ring and got the brass,
Twill do to toast a London lass,
When I gets back to Yorkshire.

Chorus
 
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Notes
From a typed transcription marked, 'Alfred Williams note-book page 58.' It also bears a handwritten note, 'G Couling, Kempsford. Other songs noted by Williams refer to an L Couling of Kempsford.

The chorus or refrain finishes with 'etc' in the note so it may mean that it is repeated or is a fragment.

In Verse 2 Line 7 the original text reads:

Her eyes were black as any sloes

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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