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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleNo money and plenty
Roud No.615
Collected FromMills, James
LocationSouth Cerney
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitlePenny wager
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 148
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 27th November, 1915, p 2, Part 9, No. 8
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I often travelled the North countree,
Seeking for good company;
Good company I could always find,
But never one girl to my mind.


Whack fol i dee,
Whack fol i dee,
And in my pocket not one penny.

Verse 2

I saddled my pony and away I did ride,
Till I came to an alehouse close by the road side [roadside];
I boldly got off and I sat myself down,
And called for a jug of good ale that was brown.


Verse 3

As I sat drinking in front of my eyes,
There were two gentlemen playing at dice;
As they were at play, and I looking on,
They took me to be a respectable man.


Verse 4

As I sat there, they asked me to play,
I asked them the wager, what would they lay;
One said a guinea, the other five pound,
The wager was laid, but the money not down.


Verse 5

I picked up the dice, I threw them all in,
It happened to be my good fortune to win;
If they had won, and I should have lost,
Then I must have sold my little black horse.


Verse 6

I stopped there all night, until the next day,
I asked the landlady what I had to pay;
She said, "Kiss me and love me, and then go your way,
If you stop any longer you'll have money to pay."

Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Obtained of James Mills, South Cerney. I have also heard it spoken of at Bradon. The style discovers its age; it is of eighteenth century date, or earlier.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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