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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAs I was in the fields one day
Roud No.2476
Collected FromCook, Frank Cuthbert
LocationBurford
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 245
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I was in the fields one day,
Making up my cribs of hay,
I got my cribs just ready to carry,
When it came into my head to marry.

Verse 2

'Well,' thinks I, 'there's little Nell!
I think I love her very well,
If she will love a countryman,
I'll come and see her when I can.'

Verse 3

One day, when the cows were all at grass,
I went out to seek my lass,
In hopes I should her quickly find,
And left my ploughing all behind.

Verse 4

I left my plough and dairy too,
My handkerchief cut such a show,
My hat it was a spotless brown,
Off I went, and Nell I found.

Verse 5

'Lar, Nell! I be come to see,
What thou hast got to say to me.
If thou canst go with me awhile,
To sit and talk on yonder style.'

Verse 6

'Hum: What a tale is this you bring?
I shouldn't think of such a thing.'
She went in and shut the door.
Now I'll sit down and sing no more.
 
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Notes
Alfred Williams: Ms: Possibly of local origin in contradiction to most of our pieces, which bear traces of having been composed by town writers. Words of Frank Cook, Burford.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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