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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleI'd rather have a young man
Roud No.2897
Collected FromFaulkner, Frederick
LocationBlack Bourton
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleFragment
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 265
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 23rd June, 1916, p 3, Part 34, No. 5; Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 305
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I'd rather have a young man with an apple in his hand,
Than I would have an old man with houses and with land.
For an old man he comes grumping in always full of care,
But a young man comes in whistling with - "How do, my dear?"
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: no text

Williams, Alfred: WGS / FSUT: Discovered at Filkins. The piece has the title, ‘Fragment’ in both published sources.

Note 2

In the WGS version Line 3 read:

For an old man he comes grumbling in always full of care,

Note 3

The attribution to Falconer comes from the WGS text.
Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.

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