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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleOld brown ale
Roud No.203
Collected FromHope, Charles Frederick
LocationFilkins
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 263
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 6th November, 1915, p 2, Part 7, No. 8: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 91
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

In comes the landlord, he looks so big,
With his high top hat and his curly wig;
He looks so big and so precious fat,
You and I must pray for that.

Chorus

Old brown ale, thou art my darling,
Thou art my comfort, night and morning.

Verse 2

The brewer he brews it in the pan,
And the landlord sells it in the can,
But as for me, I'll play my part,
For I love thee dearly to my heart.

Chorus

Verse 4

It ofttimes makes my friends my foes,
And likewise makes me pawn my clothes,
But whilst thou art so nigh my nose,
Come up, brown ale, and down it goes.

Chorus

Verse 5

And if my wife does me despise,
I'll step up to her and black both her eyes,
But if she loves me as I love thee,
What a happy couple we shall be!

Chorus

Verse 6

If all the son's of Adam's race,
Were to assemble in this place,
I'd just give thee hearty cheer
Before I'd part from thee, my dear!

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'Obtained of Charles Hope, the one eyed road mender, Filkins.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS / FSUT: 'Obtained of Charles Hope, Filkins.'

Note 2

In verse 2, line 2 the original text is:

And the landlord sells it how he can

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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