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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleShepherd come home to thy breakfast
Roud No.1055
Collected FromHicks, George
LocationArlington
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 45
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 3rd June, 1916, p 3, Part 32, No. 3: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 176, 177
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Shepherd, o shepherd, come home to thy breakfast.
Oh, what hast thou got for my breakfast,
If I come home today?
Here's bacon and eggs for thy breakfast,
If thou'lt come home today.
I can't come home, nor I won't come home;
For my sheep will go into the wilderness,
And they all will stray away.

Verse 2

Shepherd, o shepherd, come home for thy dinner.
Oh, what hast thou got for my dinner,
If I come home today?
Here's bread and cheese for thy dinner,
If thou'lt come home today.
I can't come home, nor I won't come home;
For my sheep will go into the wilderness,
And they will go astray.

Verse 3

Shepherd, o shepherd, come home to thy supper.
Oh, what hast thou got for my supper,
If I come home today?
Here's brandy and ale, and a sweet pretty girl,
If thou'lt come home today.
I can come home, and I will come home;
For my sheep won't go into the wilderness,
Nor they won't all go astray.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred : Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'This, too, I have heard in several places, i.e. Kemble, Highworth, and Arlington, where I obtained the copy of George Hicks, gardener and grave digger.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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