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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleWhen shall we get married?
Roud No.313
Collected FromRussell, Mrs.
LocationTetbury
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 162
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th January, 1916, p 2, Part 16, No. 6: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 168, 169
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When shall we get married,
When shall we get married,
When shall we get married,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 2

Tomorrow morn, to be sure!
If that'll plaze thee.

Verse 3

Can't we be married before,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 4

Wha's want to be married bi moonlight for?
Surely, the maid is mad!

Verse 5

What shall I wear to the wedding,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 6

Why a clean print frock and blue yeppern,
If that'll plaze thee.

Verse 7

Can't I wear something better,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 8

Wha's want a fine flounced frock for?
Surely, the maid is mad!

Verse 9

What shall you wear to the wedding,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 10

A clane smock frock, and blue breeches,
If that'll please thee.

Verse 11

Can't you wear something better,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 12

Wha's want a fine cut cwut for?
Surely, the maid is mad!

Verse 13

What shall we have for the dinner,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 14

Why, bacons and beans, to be sure!
If that'll plaze thee.

Verse 15

Can't we have something better,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 16

Wha's want duck and green peas for?
Surely, the maid is mad!

Verse 17

Who shall we ask to the wedding,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 18

Thi vaather and mother, to be sure!
If that'll plaze thee.

Verse 19

Can't we have somebody better,
Johnny, my own true love?

Verse 20

Wha's want the prince and princess for?
Surely, the maid is mad!
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / FSUT: 'We have several other songs or chants of this kind. They were very popular at one time, though they are seldom heard now. My first hearing of this was when the military manoeuvres were being held on the Wiltshire Downs about the year 1893. Then I heard it sung, or rather chanted, by a large crowd of soldiers, sitting on the ground, at Coate, near Swindon. The copy I obtained of Mrs Russell, Tetbury. It is old. The first line of every couplet is repeated three times, as indicated at the beginning of the piece.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'We have several other songs or chants of this kind to print in due course. They were very popular at one time, though they are seldom heard now. My first hearing of this was when the military manoeuvres were being held on the Wiltshire Downs about the year 1893. Then I heard it sung, or rather chanted, by a large crowd of soldiers, sitting on the ground, at Coate, near Swindon. The copy I obtained of Mrs Russell, Tetbury, late of Crudwell. It is very old. The first line of every couplet is repeated three times, as indicated at the beginning of the piece.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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