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Song TitleBlue cockade
Roud No.191
Collected FromUnknown
LocationStratton St Margaret
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
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Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 517
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 16th October, 1915, p 2, Part 3, No. 11
RecordingRecorded in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Batcombe, Somerset with the kind permission of the Church Wardens, 30th August 2011.
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

'Twas on a Monday morning, as I was going to the fair,
I did not think of listing till the soldiers met me there;
Good company enticed me to drink their health all round,
The bounty that they gave me was ten guineas and a crown.

Verse 2

'Tis true my love has listed, and he wears a blue cockade,
He is a clever soldier, likewise a roving blade;
He is a clever soldier and he's gone to serve the King,
Whilst my poor heart is aching all for the love of him.

Verse 3

'Tis true my love is gone, my love is gone from me,
He's gone to fight the French, my boys, in a foreign country;
But the ground my loves walks upon no grass will ever grow,
Since it's been his inclination, and my sorrow, grief and woe.

Verse 4

He took out his pocket handkerchief to wipe her flowing eyes,
And I said, "My dearest Nancy, leave off such mournful cries;
For when I return from India I'll have no girl but you,
And I wish I'd never changed from the orange to the blue."
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: “A very old favourite, now rarely met with anywhere. It was evidently written about 1750, during Lord Clives war with the French in India. Obtained at Stratton St Margaret.”

Note 2

The tune used for the recording is fairly common. The text as printed appears to be a contraction text omitting the usual repeats which are included in the recording. My thanks to Bob Jesshop without whose assistance this would not have been possible.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.

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