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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleJim the carter lad
Roud No.1080
Collected FromHawkins, Arthur
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 611
Source SecondaryGibb, J Arthur: Cotswold village: or country life and pursuits in Gloucestershire. John Murray
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

My name is Jim the carter lad, a jolly cock am I,
I always am contented, be the weather wet or dry,
I snap my fingers at the snow and whistle at the rain,
I've braved the storm for many a day and can do so again.


Crack, crack, goes my whip, I whistle and I sing,
I sit upon the waggon as happy as a king;
My horse is always willing, and for me I'm never sad,
There's none can lead a jollier life than Jim the carter lad.

Verse 2

My father was a carrier many years ere I was born,
He used to rise at daybreak and go to his rounds each morn,
He would often take me with him, especially in the spring,
And I loved to sit upon the cart and hear my father sing.


Verse 3

I never think of politics or anything so great,
I care not for their high bred talk about the church and state,
I act aright to every man, and that's what makes me glad,
You'll find there beats an honest heart in Jim the carter lad.


Verse 4

The girls they all smile on me as I go driving past,
My horse is such a beauty and he jogs along so fast,
We've travelled many a weary mile and happy days we've had,
For none could treat a horse more kind than Jim the carter lad.


Verse 5

So now I'll bid you all goodnight, 'tis time I was away,
I know my horse will weary if I much longer stay,
To see your smiling faces it makes my heart quite glad,
So I hope you'll grant your kind applause to Jim the carter's lad.
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Note 1

Alfred Williams - 'This song [Isle of France, Gl 28] I also obtained Ablington of Arthur Hawkins, a cottager, and it is interesting to learn that the two, contributed slightly to the making of 'A Cotswold Village'. Mr Hawkins knew two songs - the one here printed and Jim the carter's lad. Mr Gibbs wrote the copy of the latter from his recital and included it in his book. The 'Isle of France' is much the older and better of the two songs, though the other was the more popular, and suited Mr Gibbs purpose.'

Note 2

Chris Wildridge - 'A comparison with the text printed in 'Cotswold villages' shows that to be identical with that given in this song from the 'Miscellaneous' section of the collection. The line length differs, but the words are the same, so I have attributed this song to Arthur Hawkins.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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