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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleRoger
Roud No.12889
Collected FromMessenger, Charles
LocationCerney Wick
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 64
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 26th February, 1916, p 3, Part 20, No. 6
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Down in our village lived a parson and his wife,
They lived a very happy and comfortable life;
They kept a servant man and a maid as close as close could be,
But she only wanted Roger, and Roger wanted she.

Verse 2

The parson was an old man and he had done amiss,
He took her in the corner and asked her for a kiss;
But she answered him quite plain, as plain as plain could be,
She only wanted Roger, and Roger wanted she.

Verse 3

With love and work together this maid was taken ill,
The doctor soon was sent for to try his very best skill,
But she would not take his physic though bad as bad could be,
She only wanted Roger, and Roger wanted she.

Verse 4

The doctor soon found out 'twas love that made her bad,
He very quickly said to her - "You'd better take the lad."
The thoughts of him soon made her as well as well could be,
Then, married, she had young Roger, and Roger he had she.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A plain old ditty that used to be sung at Latton and Down Ampney. Both these villages were once famed for music and Morris dancing, and were full of choice old songs which have disappeared now however. Obtained of Charles Messenger, Cerney Wick.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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