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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleThen my love and I'll be married
Roud No.3686
Collected FromTanner, Charles
LocationBampton
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 221
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st April, 1916, p 3, Part 25, No. 11: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 200
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When roses grow on thistle tops,
And brimstone's took for sugar candy,
And women can't eat sugar sops,
O then my love and I'll be married.

Verse 2

When gold is thrown about the street,
And lies from June to January,
And dogs will not spare bones for meat,
O then my love and I'll be married.

Verse 3

When a cobbler works without an awl,
And London unto York is carried,
When smoke won't rise, nor water fall,
O then my love and I'll be married.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'For the following two fragments I am indebted to my old friend, Charles Tanner, of Bampton. They were probably used by the Morris dancers in conjugation with their music at the Morris games. There is a more modern version of 'Oh dear what can the matter be'. I give the piece exactly as I heard it.'

Note 2

Both this and 'Oh dear, what can the matter be' appear on the same sheet in the manuscript and appear together in FSUT, p 200, 201.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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