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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTransport
Roud No.3913
Collected FromTanner, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleOld miser
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 222
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 8th January, 1916, p 2, Part 13, No. 6
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

There was an old miser in London did dwell,
He had but one daughter, a most beautiful girl,
And when this old miser was out of the way,
She was always a-courting, by night and by day.

Verse 2

And when this old miser he heard of the news,
Straightway to the captain he immediately goes -
"O honoured bold captain! Good news I've to tell,
I've got a jolly transport unto you I'll sell."

Verse 3

"What do you want for him?" the captain said he,
"I want nothing for him but to send him to sea.
I'll send him a-sailing right over the Main,
Where he shall never come to England to courting again."

Verse 4

Soon as this fair lady she heard of this news,
Straightway to the captain she immediately goes -
"O honoured bold captain! Bad news I'm to tell,
You've got my jolly sailor as a transport to sell."

Verse 5

Then out of her pocket she pulled handfuls of gold,
Down on the main deck she immediately them told -
"O honoured bold captain! All this I'll give to you,
For my jolly young sailor, my right and my due."

Verse 6

"O it's honoured fair lady! That never can be,
He was sold as a transport the other day to me.
I will send him a-sailing right over the Main,
Where he'll never come to England to court you again."

Verse 7

"O bad luck to my father, wherever he may be,
For I think in my own heart he has quite ruined me,
I'll away to my cottage and lay myself down,
And all this night long for my true love I'll mourn."
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Obviously of late eighteenth century date. Obtained at Bampton of Charles Tanner, the aged Morris dancer. I have not heard it elsewhere.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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