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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBetsy and Mary
Roud No.1318
Collected FromHarris, Richard
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 429
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 30th October, 1915, p 2, Part 5, No. 12
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

If I went to see Mary to her I was blind,
Betsy directly came into my mind;
If I went to see Betsy it was quite the contrary,
For I was always sure to be thinking of Mary.


Fal di lal riddle o! Fal di lal riddle to!
Fal di la right foe the riddle di dee.

Verse 2

Things went on like for five or six weeks,
And I never could muster up courage to speak;
Till, all of a sudden, they both went to church,
And left me a bachelor quite in the lurch.


Verse 3

Young men, be advised, and get it into your sconce,
And never go courting two wenches at once;
For with one less you may work your way safe and sound,
But between two stools your rump comes to the ground.

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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Also communicated by Richard Harris, of Oaksey, and not otherwise heard in the locality.'

Note 2

Notwithstanding the above comment this version is the source of the chorus which has been crossed out in the version ascribed to Charles Harris, also of Oaksey.

Note 3

There is a third sheet in the manuscript in a hand which may be that of Richard Harris which contains this version of the song.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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