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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleJack and Nancy
Roud No.530
Collected FromMorse, William
LocationColn St Aldwyn
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 71
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st April, 1916, p 3, Part 25, No. 10
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Jack went down to her parent's home,
Cried - "Nancy, will you, aye or no?
Or will you wed a jolly sailor?"
"Oh, no," says Nancy.

Verse 2

Then John pulled two handfuls of gold,
Cried, "Nancy, will you, aye or no?"
"Oh, yes," says Nancy, with a smile,
"I was only joking all the while."

Verse 3

"If you are joking, I am not in jest.
That's not the question that I ask,
But if it's money that you love best,
You shall never wed your sailor."

Verse 4

Then John set up in a public line,
Plenty of silver and plenty of coin;
It made young Nancy often pine,
Since she refused the sailor.

Verse 5

"There's no other girl that I can find,
That is so pleasing to my mind.
But I'll live single all my time,
Before she shall wed her sailor."
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A very old piece, of a type once highly popular. I have not met it south of the Thames. Words obtained of William Moss, Coln St Aldwyn.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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