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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleThree flies
Roud No.1290
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 65
Source SecondaryWilliams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 220
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's of three flies went roving,
All for to change their mind,
They took their loving parents
And left them far behind:
But they too saucy were by half,
And I can't sing if you do laugh.

Verse 2

The first was a yellow,
The second was a blue,
The third was a green one,
And they soon went out of view
But they too saucy were by half,
And I can't sing if you do laugh.

Verse 3

Now they went off with a merry him,
And told their parents to drink hot rum.
But they too saucy were by half,
And I can't sing if you do laugh.
 
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Notes
Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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