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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAs I was a-walking
Roud No.21221
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 528
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I was a-walking one bright summer's morning,
By the side of a pleasant river so clear,
There sat John and his mother talking together,
I sat myself down a-while for to hear.

Verse 2

She says - 'John, you court young.' 'Yet I shall grow older,
I think myself a man, that makes me still bolder,
I'll away to my Polly dear; whatsoever I intend to do,
Whatsoever I begin, I'll be sure to go through.

Verse 3

I'll leave all my relations and sail to some foreign shore,
There's hundreds and thousands have done so before,
I from my own self will never give o'er,
So pray, my dear mother! Don't tease me any more.'
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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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