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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleNeedle cases
Roud No.1300
Collected FromDawes, Eli
LocationSouthrop
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 647
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 22nd January, 1916, p 2, Part 15, No. 13
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I'm a poor wandering peddler my name it is Jack
All rags and in tatters scarcely hang to my back
My belly it is empty my feet are so sore
Will you buy a case of needles from Jack that is so poor

Chorus

Needle cases will you buy one
Will you buy one I am sure
Will you buy a case of needles
From Jack's that so poor

Verse 2

I once was a farmer and followed my plough
Ain't I a charmer just look at me now
I once had good clothing from bottom to top
Just look at me now I'm a travelling rag shop

Chorus

Verse 3

I once had a table lined with good food
Of eating and drinking and all that was good
But now I have no table no friend not at all
I am forced to eat the crust with the crown of my hat.

Chorus

Verse 4

For since you won't buy one I think I must leave
For to leave such good company it does my heart grieve
To leave you all here I think I must come back
For you will buy a case of needles from poor wandering Jack.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'Needle cases was popular by reason of its pleasant air as by the words of the song. I have heard it in many villages around Lechlade. The copy I obtained of Mr Eli Dawes, Southrop.'

Note 2

The miscellaneous songs in the archive have no notes or attributions. However, as the printed text matches the above, the song is ascribed to Eli Dawes of Southrop.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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