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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAt seventeen I was young
Roud No.1479
Collected FromTanner, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 204
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th January, 1916, p 2, Part 16, No. 12
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

At seventeen years of age I was young,
I fixed my mind all on a pretty maid,
There's no one does know what I did undergo,
When my poor silly heart she betrayed.

Verse 2

Home to her father's house I did go,
Thinking to gain her as a prize;
Her hair it was like the velvet so soft,
She had a diamond in each of her eyes.

Verse 3

Her cheeks were like the roses so red,
That grew on yonder high tree;
Her lips were like unto cherries sweet -
What a charming creature was she!

Verse 4

Now I'll sit myself down and I'll cry,
To think of the sorrows I've done,
To think I was deluded and had a deluding tongue,
When I was but a boy so young.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: This also is of good age, is plain and simple, yet not unworthy of interest. Obtained of Charles Tanner, Bampton.

Note 2

Charles Tanner is noted elsewhere as being one of the Bampton Morris Men.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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