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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleFar from my home
Roud No.1081
Collected FromCook, Frank Cuthbert
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 246
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st April, 1916, Part 25, No. 7
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I'm a stranger in this country, from America I came,
There is no one that knows me, nor can tell my name,
But if anyone should ask you why I am here alone,
You can tell them I am a poor girl and am far from my home.


Then why can't you be easy, and leave me alone,
And tell them I'm a poor girl, and am far from my home.

Verse 2

Now I will build me a mansion in the middle of this town,
Where lords, dukes nor squires don't dare to pull it down.
And if anyone should ask you why I live there alone,
You can tell them I am a poor girl and am far from my home.


Verse 3

Now the boys of Kilkenny they are sporting young lads,
And, like many others, go a-courting pretty maids;
They will kiss them, and cuddle them, and call them their own,
Whilst perhaps their own darling lies weeping at home.


Verse 4

So come all pretty fair maids, take a warning by me,
Never build your nest on the top of any tree;
For the green leaves will wither, and the roots will decay,
And the beauty of a fair maid will soon fade away.

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Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'I have heard of another song, similar, and also superior to this, but I have been unable to find it so far. It is old, perhaps not well known. The words obtained of Frank Cook, Burford.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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