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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleOld Ann Tucker
Roud No.390
Collected FromGodwin, Robert
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 1 - Indexes, lecture notes, Berkshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Bk 6
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th January, 1916, p 2, Part 16, No. 7: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 142, 143
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Old Ann Tucker and my Aunt Sall,
They both lived down at Camberwell;
The name of the house I can't tell you at all,
It's in the first and gaudiest hall.


Ha! Ha! Ha!
Get 'e out o' the way, old Ann Tucker!
You're too late to have any supper.

Verse 2

Old Ann Tucker she was a wife,
Biggest old stup I saw in my life;
She'd a hump like a camel all on her back,
And old Ann Tucker was just like that.


Verse 3

Old Ann Tucker she had a son,
Biggest stup as ever run;
He buttoned his breeches up round his throat,
And wore his waistcoat outside his coat.


Verse 4

Old Ann Tucker she went to bed,
And on the pillow she laid her head;
She tried to sleep but it was no use,
For her legs hung out for the chickens to roost.


Verse 5

And when at night she went to bed,
She pulled a night cap on her head;
Blowed out the candle and shut her eyes,
And didn't get up till the sun does rise.


Verse 6

Old Ann Tucker one hundred and one,
Points the way for the dear old sun;
Her nose sticks out and her eyes stick in,
And her lower lip hangs down over her chin.


Verse 7

And now my song is nearly done,
I hope I have offended none;
The cat's in the cupboard and the meat's on the shelf,
If you want any more you must help yourself.

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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'I have heard many fragments of songs concerning a certain, notable Ann Tucker. Sometimes too, I have heard the name Dan Tucker, though I think it should really be Ann, and not Dan. The following copy I obtained in parts from Edward Archer, Coleshill, and Robert Godwin, Southrop.'

Note 2

In Verse 5 Line 1 the original text read:

Old Ann Tucker three hundred and one,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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