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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAll the little chickens in the garden
Roud No.2552
Collected FromKing, E. Miss
LocationCastle Eaton
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 337
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 25th March, 1916, p 3, Part 24, No. 9
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I once did know a farmer, and true and faithful soul,
He used to work upon his farm, down by his country home;
He had an only daughter, and to win her I did try,
And when I asked him for her hand, the old man would reply -


Treat my daughter kindly and say you'll do no harm,
And when I die I'll will to you my little stock and farm,
My horse, my cow, my sheep, my plough, my ox, my house, my barn,
And all the little chickens in the garden.

Verse 2

I love that young girl dearly, I know that she loves me,
And every night I go around her smiling face to see;
I watch her milk the old brown cow, and see it does no harm,
And many a cup of milk I drink, before I leave the farm.


Verse 3

The old man has consented and married we will be,
And own a little house ourselves, and live in harmony;
I'll try to keep the promise the old man asked of me,
I'll treat her well, his only child, I'll treat her kindly.

Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: This naive little ditty I obtained of Miss E King, Castle Eaton. It is of good age. I do not remember to have heard it elsewhere.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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