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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAs I was going to Romford
Roud No.126
Collected FromHaydon, Shadrach [Shepherd]
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 712
Source SecondaryWilliams, Alfred: Round About the Upper Thames, p 199
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I was going to Romford twas on a market day,
I saw the finest ram sir, that ever fed on hay,
The wool upon his back sir reached up into the sky
And in it was a crows nest for I heard the young ones cry.

Verse 2

Twas there I bought a flock of sheep the finest ewes and wethers
Sometimes they bring me wool sir, and sometimes they brings feathers,
And I swear by good St Oswald at every change of the moon,
They give me a pair of lambs sir, each one of them full soon.

Verse 3

And then I bought me a little bull, nine yards round or more,
Such a pretty little bull, sir, you never saw before,
But when we drove him up the street he set up such a sound
That all the walls of London came tumbling to the ground.
Print Song Lyrics
Note 1

The title given on the typescript is Speculation and this is how the song is described in the Roud Index with the number 1706. However, having used the published text I have linked this piece to the song usually called the Derby Ram, Roud 126. Roud does not appear to have used Round About the Upper Thames as a source.

Note 2

The published text links the song to Haydon, "... says Shadrach, while the shepherd tickled with the notion of the fine ram and ewes and the wonderful fleece thick enough to conceal a crow's nest, laughs immoderately and thumps the table with his fist to summon the landlord with a full cup...".

Note 3

In Verse 2, Lines 2 and 3 the original text read:

Sometimes they bring me wool sir, and sometimes they bring feathers,
And I swear by good St Oswald, come changing of the moon.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.



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