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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleRambleaway
Roud No.171
Collected FromUnknown
LocationUnknown
CountyUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 683
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

The very first foot that I stepped in the fair
I saw pretty Nancy a-curling her hair
I tipped her a wink and she rolled her black eye
Said 1 - 'Pretty Nancy, I'll be back by and by.'

Verse 2

As I was a-walking at night in the dark,
I took pretty Nancy to be my sweetheart;
She smiled in my face and thus she did say -
Are you the young man I call 'Ramble away'.'

Verse 3

I said - 'Pretty Nancy, don't smile in my face,
For I do not intend to stay long in this place;
So I tipped her a double from far Gloucestershire -
'My name it is Ramble - no one knows where'.

Verse 4

You daddy and mammy are both gone from home,
I'll sell them a song when they do return;
I will sing them a song and thus I will say -
'Your daughter's gone off with young Ramble away'.'
 
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Notes
Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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