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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTwas of a broom dasher
Roud No.379
Collected FromRussell, James
LocationHatherop
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleGreen broom
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 93
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Jack took a road he knew very well,
He came to a castle so high;
He cried and bawled, so loudly he called,
'Maids do you want any broom, green broom,
Maids do you want any broom?'

Verse 2
The lady being high and hearing Jack cry,
Called in that young lad with his broom;
She said - 'My young blade, will you leave off your trade,
And marry a lady in bloom, in bloom,
And marry a lady in bloom?'

Verse 3

Jack he arose [etc]
Though low and he strives and sharpens his knives,
And cut him a bundle of broom, green broom,
And cut him a bundle of broom.

Verse 4

Now they live at their ease, and kiss when they please,

But there's nothing like shaving green broom, green broom,
But there's nothing like shaving green broom.
 
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Notes
The words are incomplete in the manuscript.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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