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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleRam
Roud No.126
Collected FromSmith, Alfred [Alf] [Shepherd]
LocationWatchfield
CountyBerkshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleDerby ram
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 1: Indexes, lecture notes, Berkshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Bk 26
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 16th October, 1915, Part 3, No. 3: Williams, A: Folk songs of the Upper Thames, 1923 p 43, 44
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I was going to Derby, 'twas on a market day,
I saw the finest ram sir, that was ever fed with hay.
This ram was fat behind sir, this ram was fat before.
This ram was ten yards high sir, I'm certain if he was not more.

Chorus

That's a lie, that's a lie,
That's a tid I fa la lie.

Verse 2

Now the inside of this ram sir, would hold ten sacks of corn,
And you could turn a coach and six on the inside of his horn.

Chorus

Verse 3

Now the wool upon his back sir, it reached up to the sky,
And in it was a crow's nest, for I heard the young ones cry.

Chorus

Verse 4

Now the wool upon his belly sir, went dragging on the ground,
And that was took to Derby sir, and sold for ten thousand pound.

Chorus

Verse 5

Now the man that fed the ram sir, he fed him twice a day,
And each time that he fed him sir, he ate a rick of hay.

Chorus

Verse 6

Now the man that watered the ram sir, he watered him twice a day,
And each time that he watered him, he drank the river dry.

Chorus

Verse 7

Now the butcher that killed the ram sir, was up to his knees in blood,
And the boy that held the bowl sir, got washed away in the flood.

Chorus

Verse 8

Now all the boys in Derby sir, went begging for his eyes,
They kicked them up and down the street, for they were a good football size.

Chorus

Verse 9

Now the man that fatted that ram sir, he must be very rich,
And the man that song the song sir, is a lying son of a bitch.

Chorus

That's the truth, that's the truth,
That's the tid I fa la truth.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'The following piece was popular in the higher Vale, in north Wiltshire and Berkshire and does not appear to have been very generally known in Gloucestershire, though I may be mistaken. Obtained in its present form of Shepherd Smith, Watchfield, Berkshire.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'The following piece was popular in the higher Vale, in north Wiltshire and Berkshire and does not appear to have been very generally known in Gloucestershire. Obtained of Shepherd Smith, Watchfield, Berkshire.'

Note 2

In WGS the text for Verse 5 is:

Now the wool upon his belly sir, was ten inches and an ell,
And that was took to Derby, sir, to toll the old market bell.

Chorus

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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