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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTinker's courtship
Roud No.863
Collected FromWise, William
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleJolly tinker
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 179
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th January, 1916, p 2, Part 16, No. 8
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

In Dublin there once did dwell,
A pretty fine girl and I knew her well;
Her age it was just twenty two,
And for a man she had to do.


Sing fol the rol lara li gee o,
Fol the rol lara li gee o.

Verse 2

The gentleman being come home one day,
The tinker with her did skip and play;
He courted her behind the door,
And there he kissed her o'er and o'er.


Verse 3

Now when this courtship was at an end,
She tipped him twenty guineas in hand;
Saying - "Call again as soon as you can,
I'll find you another old kettle to mend."


Verse 4

Now, if all be true as I've been told,
The tinker he spent all the gold;
Then he must do as he'd done before,
And kiss the girl behind the door.
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Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'The tinker is celebrated in many songs and ballads though he is never treated with any degree of seriousness. As a rule, he was always looked upon as a meddler and a 'gay spark', and he consequently comes in for much satirical criticism and caricature. Obtained of W. Wise, Alvescot, Oxfordshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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