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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTwas of three jolly Welshmen
Roud No.283
Collected FromUnknown
LocationCerney Wick
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 403
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 18th March, 1916, p 3, Part 23, No. 6: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 179, 180
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a broken plough stuck in the ground, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a wooden horse,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third he said it was a windmill,
And the vanes were blown away.

Verse 2

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But an owl up in the ivy, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a shepherd's house,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third he said it was an old man,
And his beard was turning grey.

Verse 3

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a shepherd's house all by a wood, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a shepherd's house,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third man said 'twas an old black hut,
And the thatch was blown away.

Verse 4

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a milestone underneath the hedge, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a milestone,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third he said it was an old hare,
And his legs had run away.

Verse 5

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a hedgehog in an open field, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a hedgehog,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third man said it was a pin cushion,
With the pins stuck in the wrong way.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'This song was common in several forms, and it might be added to according to the pleasure of the singer and the patience of his audience. I have heard it at Shilton, Cerney Wick and Highworth. Words obtained of Elijah Iles, Inglesham, Wiltshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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