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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMay Song
Roud No.305
Collected FromWhinfield, Mrs
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 290
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 18th March, 1916, p 3, Part 23, No. 15: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 303
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, it is the first of May,
And we are come to garlanding because it is new May Day;
A bunch of flowers we have brought you, and at your door we stay,
So please give us what you can, and then we'll go away.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: WGS: Words of Mrs Whinfield, Holwell, Burford.

Note 2

In the file is a note, 'The original manuscript is missing.'

Note 3

There is no note to the words in FSUT.

Note 4

In both WGS and FSUT Williams uses the title, "May song of the children at Shilton.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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