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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleOld brown ale
Roud No.203
Collected FromHope, Charles Frederick
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
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
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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

Print Song Lyrics
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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