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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleWhat can a young lassie?
Roud No.1295
Collected FromWest, James
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 137
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th July, 1916, p 3, Part 39, No. 3
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

What can a young lassie, what can a young lassie,
What can a young lassie do wi' an old man?
Bad luck on the penny that tempted my Minnie,
To sell her poor Jennie for siller an' lan'!

Verse 2

He's always complaining, from morning till evening,
He coughs and he creeps all the weary day long;
He's stupid and jealous of all the young fellows -
A de'il on the day I met wi' an old man.

Verse 3

He hems and he hawkers, he frets and he cankers,
I never can please him, do all that I can;
He's stupid and dozing, his blood it is frozen,
O drear is my life wi' a crazy old man.

Verse 4

My old Aunty Kitty upon me takes pity,
I'll do my endeavour to follow her plan;
I'll cross him, I'll crack him, until I heartbreak him,
And then his old brass will buy me a new man.
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This old Scotch song, I am told, was a favourite at Aldsworth and Sherborne, over three quarters of a century ago. I have also found 'Lord Ullin's daughter' and 'Jock of Hazeldean' in the village though they of course, are standard pieces and not folk songs. Copy of James West, Quenington.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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