If you are reading this page using a screenreader, we support ARIA landmarks for quick navigation too

Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

There were 1 items found.

Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleRoving navigator
Roud No.360
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 696
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I'm a roving navigator and I rove from town to town,
And when I get a job of work I'm willing to sit down;
With my kit across my shoulder and my shovel in my hand
I'll travel the country over, I'm a roving navvy man.

Verse 2

Now when I got to London the girls did jump for joy,
Says one unto another - 'Here comes a navvy boy'
One will treat me with a bottle, and another with a dram,
Let the toast go round the table - 'Here's to a roving navvy man.'

Verse 3

I had not been in London town some hours two or three
Before the landlady's daughter fell in love with me;
She said if I'd go with her she would lead me by the hand,
And she shyly told her mammy that she loved a navvy man.

Verse 4

'Oh daughter, dearest daughter, oh daughter dear, for shame!
To take a liking to a man you do not know his name.'
'Oh hold your hush, dear mammy, we'll do the best we can,
And I'll travel the country over with my roving navvy man.

Verse 5

Now we'll go down to Oxford town and there we'll wed with speed,
The bells shall ring so merrily and the bride shall dance indeed;
We'll spend this night in dancing and drinking from a can,'
Now she's happy and contented with her roving navvy man.
Print Song Lyrics
Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



This website

Contact details

Contact Wiltshire Council

Write to us or call us

Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN