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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleCountry carrier
Roud No.1400
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSHC 2598/72 Manuscript of A Cotswold Ploughing Match and other folk songs included in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I am a country carrier
And a joyful soul am I,
I whistle and sing from morn till night,
All troubles I defy;
I’ve one to bear me company,
And of work she does her share,
It’s not my wife, upon my life,
But a rattling old bay mare.


Round goes the world,
And troubles I defy,
A-jogging along together my boys,
My old bay mare and I.

Verse 2

Up and down the countryside
The mare and I we go,
The folks they kindly greet us
As we journey to and fro;
The little ones they cheer us,
And the old ones stop and stare,
And lift their eyes with great surprise
At Joe and his old bay mare.


Verse 3

When by and by the town we reach
She rattles over the stones,
She lifts her hoofs so splendidly,
She’s no one of the lazy drones;
So it’s ‘clear the road’ when Joseph comes,
You crawlers all take care,
Of the covered cart, the driver smart,
And the rattling old bay mare.

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Note 1

In verse 3 line 1 the text is amended in pencil to read:

And when at length by the town we reach

Note 2

The usual citation for this song is: WSHC: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 548. That is a copy of above text, taken from the original which is located at the citation given above.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2014.



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