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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleChain of gold
Roud No.1417
Collected FromTanner, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 206
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 11th March, 1916, p 3, Part 22, No. 10
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Abroad as I was walking in the fields all alone,
I heard two lovers talking, telling tender tales of love;
They proved to be constant, and, forever to behold,
Before this couple parted they broke a chain of gold.

Verse 2

And when this chain was broken, all around her neck it twined;
Up stepped her ancient father, who oftimes walked behind:
And he flew in such a passion with his daughter and her swain,
And he swore by all who made them they would never meet again.

Verse 3

"For I'll send him to some Turkish seas, there for to roam,
He shall never come a-courting thee, nor to old England return;
And it's madam I'll confine thee to a closet in thy room,
I'll feed thee on bread and water once a day, and that's at noon."

Verse 4

"I want none of thy bread and water, nor nothing will I take,
Since my true love has died for me, I'll perish for his sake:"
Friends and neighbours fell a-weeping, but her life they could not save,
And now she lies a-sleeping in yonder shady grave.
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'One of the songs of Charles Tanner, the old Morris dancer of Bampton, of whom we have already several times written. It is one of the original type of folk ballads of such as survive in the most remote villages.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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