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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBetsy Baker
Roud No.1288
Collected FromGardner, Job
LocationShilton
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 288
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1 April, 1916, p 3, Part 25, No. 9: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 219
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

From the noise and bustle far away,
While I passed o'er each acre,
I never knew what 'twas to sigh,
Till I saw Betsy Baker.

Verse 2

At church I met her, dressed so neat,
One Sunday in hot weather;
With love I found my heart did beat,
As we sang psalms together.

Verse 3

When church was over out she walked,
And I did overtake her;
Determined I would not be baulked,
I spoke to Betsy Baker.

Verse 4

She blushed, and seemed too shy to talk,
But quickly I did make her;
Says I - "My dear, will you take a walk?"
"I shan't," says Betsy Baker.

Verse 5

At last she got acquainted with
A ramping, mad play actor;
He gammoned her to run away,
So I lost Betsy Baker.

Verse 6

My mother said, "'Twould ease my mind,
All quickly to forsake her;"
But I think all day, and dream all night,
About that Betsy Baker.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This song of "Betsy Baker" was formerly well known at Shilton and Brize Norton. I have not heard of it elsewhere. It is probably scarcely complete, but it is the only version I could find. Obtained of Job Gardner, Shilton, near Burford.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'This song of "Betsy Baker" was formerly well known at Shilton and Brize Norton. It is probably scarcely complete, but it is the only version I could find. Obtained of Job Gardner, Shilton, near Burford.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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