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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBilly and Nancy
Roud No.1643
Collected FromWall, Jane Mrs.
LocationDriffield
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleLong looked for, come at last
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 79
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th July, 1916, p 3, No. 1
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

One day as I was walking,
Down by the river side,
I heard a couple talking,
The damsel she replied -

Verse 2
"You most deceitful villain,
How could you serve me so,
When you promised me you would marry me,
About three years ago?"

Verse 3

"Now don't be discontented,
I never will break my vow,
For I've been disappointed,
And could not come till now."

Verse 4

"If I'd all the gold and silver,
That lies by yonder sea,
I'd take more joy and pleasure,
In your sweet company."

Verse 5

"As to what you say, my love,
I've heard you say before,
But you went from me these three years,
And never came nigh me more.

Verse 6

You went and courted Nancy,
The girl with the rolling eye,
It's she alone you fancy,
How can you this deny?"

Verse 7

"I hear to what you say, my love,
I own and swear it's true,
And as for Mistress Nancy,
She is no friend to you.

Verse 8

She's often caused disturbance,
Betwixt my love and I,
With you I'll live for ever,
With you, I'll live and die.

Verse 9

And as my name is Billy,
No longer will I tarry,
But to the church we'll go my love,
And surely we will marry.'

Verse 10

The weather being pleasant,
To church that couple passed,
And now they are got married,
Long looked for's come at last.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A plain old song, one of the simpler kind of ballad: it has been sung around Cirencester for more than a century. Obtained of Mrs Jane Wall, Driffield.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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