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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleThree maidens a-milking would go Music Note (Music Score Available)
Roud No.290
Collected FromDawes, Eli
LocationSouthrop
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
TuneBaldwin, John
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 154
Source SecondaryWilliams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 229
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Three maidens a-milking would go,
Three maidens a-milking would go,
The wind it blew high, the wind it blew low,
It tossed their milking pails to and fro.

Verse 2

They met with a man that they knew,
They met with a man that they knew,
They boldly asked him if he any skill,
That would catch a small bird or two.

Verse 3

'Oh yes! I've a very good skill,
Oh yes! I've a very good skill,
If you'll go with me to yonder green grove,
I will catch you a small bird or two.'

Verse 4

They courted all day in the shade,
They courted all day in the shade,
But no small birds they caught, for love was their thought,
And they cared not for milking their cow.

Verse 5

Here's a health to the bird in the bush,
Let him be a blackbird or thrush!
For birds of a feather will all flock together,
Though the people say little or much.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / FSUT: 'An old song, existing in several forms. The following was in use at Southrop, where it was sung by Mr Eli Dawes.'

Note 2

The manuscript is attached to a photocopy of a text published by Williamson of Newcastle which differs substantially from the Williams text.

Note 3

The tune for this song was collected by John Baldwin from Dusty Dawes of Mersey Hampton, a descendant of Eli Dawes from whom Williams collected the words The Baldwin material is held by the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. An earlier transcription, by Julia Bishop, of the tune appears in Andrew Bathe's thesis, Pedalling in the dark, a copy of which is held in the Vaughan-Williams Memorial Library, run by the EFDSS. An earlier transcription, by Julia Bishop, of the tune appears in Andrew Bathe's thesis. The transcription given here is a revision made in 2010 by the same Julia Bishop whom I thank for the revision and the permission to publish. The copyright in the tune rests with her. At the time of writing, January 2011, Julia Bishop is a Research Fellow, Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.

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