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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleNothing else to do
Roud No.1265
Collected FromSpiers, Alfred
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 157
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th January, 1916, p 2, Part 16, No. 9: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 143
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It was a pleasant summer's morning, just the day I love to enjoy,
When I woke and looked out early, it was my full time to employ;
In such fine and splendid weather I don't care for work. Do you?
So I'll go and see my sweetheart, as I've nothing else to do.

Verse 2

Then off I started through the meadows, ere the dewbeads pearled the spray,
And in answer to the songbird I kept singing all the way;
Quite surprised was she to see me come so early there to woo,
Till I said I just walked over, as I'd nothing else to do.

Verse 3

Then we rambled forth together down the lane, beneath the trees,
While so gently swayed the shadow of the branches in the breeze;
And whene'er our conversations languished for a word or two,
Of course, I kindly kissed her, as I'd nothing else to do.

Verse 4

But before the day was over I had somehow made up my mind,
To put the question to her, if to me her heart inclined;
And I said - "Now, sweet my darling, will you have me? Yes or no."
But she said - "Perhaps I may, dear, when I've nothing else to do."
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'A charming old song, with real poetry, gentle wit, and pure sentiment; one of the better classes of folk pieces. Obtained of Alfred Spiers, Southrop.'

Note 2

In Verse 2 Line 1 the original text read:

Then off I started through the meadows, ere the dewdrops pearled the spray,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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