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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleJoe, the collier's son
Roud No.1129
Collected FromBradshaw, William
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 58
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 20th May, 1916, p , Part 31, No. 7
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I am Jolly Joe, the collier's son,
In Marlborough Town I dwell,
I courted lasses, many a one,
And I loved them all right well.

Verse 2

I courted Nancy and young Kate,
And buxom Nelly too;
But Rachel's the girl that I adore,
And that you soon shall know.

Verse 3

I took a walk in Marlborough Town,
Down by the Bilstone Hill,
And who should I spy but my own true love,
With Jack from Ambrose Hill.

Verse 4

I hid myself behind the bush,
A-distant where they were,
He gave her kisses by one, two, three,
Not knowing I was there.

Verse 5

I boldly stepped up to him,
Saying - "Rogue, what hast thou done?
I am Jolly Joe, the collier's son
Thou must either fight or run."

Verse 6

And then to church young Rachel went,
A-sore against her will,
So maidens all, pity my downfall,
By Jack of Ambrose Hill.
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'I do not think that the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire could have been intended in this song, as the local references do not agree with the neighbourhood. It is a very old piece, whatever its origin may have been. Words of William Bradshaw, Bibury.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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