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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAdam was father of all
Roud No.12875
Collected FromAyres, Solomon
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 291
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

What a wonderful world we are in, to be sure!
What a Babel and bustle of strife!
And ah! what a burden some have to endure
As they journey the rough road of life.
The strongest may push to a prosperous end,
While the weak and unsteady may fall,
But no matter my friend, how we finish, depend
Old Adam was father of all.


Then never despair, though you have not your share,
Of riches that round you may fall,
But be to each other, like sister and brother,
For Adam was father of all.

Verse 2

One man may be lucky and rolling in wealth,
Being born this world's riches to gain,
While others may only favour and health,
And a cranium crammed full of brain;
But health is not bought, nor is happiness sold,
So a man should not merit despise;
For a sorrow may come lordliest home,
And a joy to the lowly may rise.


Verse 3

No wonder some men are born to command,
While others seem born to obey!
For one man will hold all he earns in his hand,
And another will cast it away;
But make the best use of your talents in time,
And fortune will give you a call,
For in spite of our creed, we're all of one breed,
And Adam was father of all.

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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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