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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleWhen Moggy by the fire sat
Roud No.1330
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 223
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st July, 1916, p 3, Part 35, No. 7: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 302
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When Moggy by the fire sat,
A-spinning of her linsey yarn;
When jockey came along to love,
And sat himself down to warm.

Chorus

With my loo ling ling tiddle oo,
Jolly doddy, doddy, doddy,
Doddy, doddy, doddy, o.

Verse 2
And if I should go along with you,
Oh, then my mammy she would scorn;
I must stay at home today,
All for to spin my linsey yarn.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'The following three fragments, all quaint, and interesting, were told me by Charles Tanner, the aged morris dancer, of Bampton. They are of great age, as may be readily seen. The last piece was used in the Morris. The eleventh verse of the ballad, 'William and Margaret', by David Mallet, 1727, is similar to ours beginning, 'Once they said' though there can be no doubt that the Bampton lines are the earlier. Mr Tanner never knew the whole songs.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS / FSUT: 'The following two fragments, quaint, and interesting, were told me by Charles Tanner, the aged Morris dancer, of Bampton. They are of great age, as may be readily seen. The second piece was used in the Morris. The eleventh verse of the ballad, 'William and Margaret', by David Mallet, 1727, is similar to ours beginning, 'O once they said' though there can be no doubt that the Bampton lines are the earlier. Mr Tanner never knew the whole songs.'

Note 2

The manuscript refers to three fragments, WGS and FSUT to two. The second Morris fragment is Ox 215, Roud 1331, and this also appears on page 302, and is usually associated with the title, Willow tree, though here the title is Morris fragment. The third piece cannot be identified with certainty but may well be 'Bonny green garters', Ox 226, a well known set of words to the Bampton tune.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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