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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTwas on an Easter Monday
Roud No.441
Collected FromBradshaw, William
LocationBibury
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 57
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard,20th May, 1916, p 3, Part 31, No. 8
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Twas on an Easter Monday,
In the springtime of the year,
A mother and a daughter,
As you shall quickly hear.

Verse 2

Jane said, as they were walking,
"I'll tell you what I'll do:
I must and will have a husband,
For the fit comes on me now."

Verse 3

"You say you will get married,
Where will you get a man?"
"Oh, then," replies the daughter,
"I will have bouncing John.

Verse 4

For he calls me his dear honey,
A-milking of my cow,
And I know he loves me dearly,
For the fit comes on me now."

Verse 5

"Suppose that he deceives you,
As he has done before?"
"Oh, then," replies the daughter,
"I'll try a dozen more.

Verse 6

There's millers, brewers and bakers,
And men that follow the plough,
I will have a husband mother,
For the fit comes on me now."

Verse 7

And now we have got married,
The truth to you I'll tell,
I have a handsome young man,
And he does love me well.

Verse 8

We never have any words,
Or blows in any degree,
But we live quite contented,
In peace and unity.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Words of William Bradshaw, Bibury.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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