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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleI'm a stranger in this country
Roud No.1081
Collected FromFlux, John
LocationFilkins
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleAmerican stranger
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 259
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 5th February, 1916, p 3, Part 17, No. 10
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I'm a stranger in this country, from America I came,
There's no one who knows me, who can tell me by name;
I'm a stranger from America, I will tarry here for a while,
And ramble for my darling for many a long mile.

Verse 2

Some say I am rakish, some say I am wild,
Some say I am rakish, my friends to beguile;
But to prove myself loyal you shall go along with me,
I'll take you to America my darling to see.

Verse 3

Give my love to Polly, she's the girl I adore,
Likewise to my Susan, although she's quite poor;
Give my love to Bessie, she's my joy and delight,
I'll often think of her on many a cold and frosty night.

Verse 4

Now the moon shall be in darkness, and the stars give me light,
If ever I prove false to my own heart's delight;
In the middle of the ocean there shall grow a myrtle tree,
If ever I prove false to the girl that loves me.

Verse 5

Now we're bound for America, the ship she has set sail,
Kind heaven protect us with a prosperous gale!
And when we are landed we'll dance and we'll sing,
In a plentiful country, and sing, God save the King.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS 'The following is in the true ballad singer's style; it dates from the early part of the nineteenth century. I obtained the words of Mr John Flux, Filkins, near Lechlade.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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