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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTurpin and the lawyer
Roud No.621
Collected FromGascoigne, Herbert
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 94
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 18th March, 1916, p 3, Part 23, No. 2
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As Turpin was riding on the moor,
He saw a lawyer to the fore,
And, riding up, he thus did say -
"Have you seen Turpin ride this way?"


For 'tis hey! 'tis ho! Turpin hero!
I am the valiant Dick Turpin.

Verse 2

"No, I've not seen Turpin for many a day,
Nor neither should I wish to meet him on the way;
For if I did, I make no doubt,
That my pockets he would rummage out;
But, as for my money, he could not find,
For I've got it sewn in my capes behind."


Verse 3

They rode till they came to the powder mill,
When Dick bid the lawyer to stand still -
"'Tis the cape of your coat I must have off,
For my horse she is in want of a new saddle cloth."


Verse 4

Now Turpin he's condemned at last,
And for a game cock he must die at last -
"Here's twenty guineas before I die,
I give Jack Ketch as a small legacy."
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This copy I believe was the one commonly sung in Somersetshire. It does not differ radically from the foregoing Wiltshire version. The words I obtained of Mr H Gascoigne, blacksmith, Kemble, near Cirencester, who is a native of Somersetshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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