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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleJack and his brooms
Roud No.379
Collected FromSessions, Mary Mrs.
LocationEast Hendred
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 1 - Indexes, lecture notes, Berkshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Bk 10
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

There was an old man and he lived in the west,
And his trade it was selling a brooms;
He had an idle boy Jack for his son,
And he lay in bed till 'twas noon, 'twas noon,
And lay in bed till 'twas noon.

Verse 2

The old man he rose in a passion he goes,
And swore he would fire the broom
If he didn't fit up and go to the woods,
And cut him a bundle of broom, green broom
And cut him a bundle of broom.

Verse 3

Then Jack he arose and pulled on his clothes
And away to the woods he did [?]
Saying I am a poor lad and my pastime is bad
So I am come here to cut brooms, green broom
So I am come here to cut green brooms.

Verse 4

Jack cut them and went along the highway
Till he came to a place far from home
And the people [?] what Jack had to sell
Till his speech it was crying a brooms, green broom
Till his speech was crying a brooms.

Verse 5

A Lady looked out of her window so high
And called for her servant to come
You go down to the gate and let the youth in
For I fancy both him and his brooms, green brooms,
I fancy both him and his brooms.

Verse 6

A lady I am and a Lady by name
And all that I have is my own
If you marry me your own it shall be
And no longer go selling a brooms green brooms
And no longer go selling a broom.

Verse 7

Jack gave his consent
To the parson they went
And he married them both in broom
Here's victuals and drink boys what do you think
I got it by selling a broom, green broom,
I got it by selling a broom.
Print Song Lyrics
The text is quite hard to decipher in places and some words cannot be read:

Verse 3 Line 2 word 8

Verse 4 Line 3 word 4

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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