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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIsle of Wight
Roud No.165
Collected FromBarnes, James
LocationQuenington
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 133
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 20th May, 1916, p 3, Part 31, No. 2
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Adieu, my lovely Nancy,
Ten thousand times adieu!
The rout is come this afternoon,
Good lass, what shall we do?

Chorus

Good lass, what shall we do?
Good lass, what shall we do?
The rout is come this afternoon, [the third line of each verse is used here]
Good lass, what shall we do?

Verse 2

I'll go unto the officer,
And unto him we'll say -
"I've brought a pretty fancy girl,
And I want to take her away."

Chorus

Verse 3

"Oh, no," replied the officer,
"Such things can never be;
There's not a lad in regiment,
That shall take a lass with he.

Chorus

Verse 4

If my orders you won't obey
I'll have you close confined:"
He says - "My dearest Nancy girl,
I must leave you far behind."

Chorus

Verse 5

Then I took her round the turn,
Till we got out of sight -
"I'll send you letters plenty, love,
When I gain the Isle of Wight."

Chorus

Verse 6

For the drum and the trumpet they did sound,
The pipe did merrily play,
Right through the town called the Isle of Wight,
As we boldly marched away.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'I have met with this in two versions; the following is the better. It is old, as may be recognised from the style, and treatment of the subject. Obtained of Mrs S Timbrel and James Barnes, Quenington.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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