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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBold champions
Roud No.2411
Collected FromPrice, Eli Jasper
LocationSouth Cerney
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleBold Robinson
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 151
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 19th August, 1916, p 3, Part 42, No. 2
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Come, all you young men that delight in any game,
Come and listen to these few lines to you I will explain;
It's of two champions bold fought for a sum of gold,
And it was near London Town as I've been told.

Chorus

'Twas young Taylor, hurrah! 'Twas young Taylor, hurrah!
Bold Robinson for ever, and young Taylor, hurrah!

Verse 2

Now the drums and the trumpets most sweetly did sound,
And the horsemen were mounted for to guard the ground;
The fight it was most noble, and young Taylor did say -
"It shall never be said that to thee I give the day."

Chorus

Verse 3

Then up spoke bold Robinson, saying - "The game it is my own,
I can find his heart does tremble at my every blow;
Come, all you understanding men, I'll have you for to know,
That I will be the champion, wherever I do go."

Chorus

Verse 4

Then up spoke young Taylor, saying - "I am just in my bloom,
I am willing for to fight thee from morning till noon."
Young Taylor he then sprang, and gave bold Robinson a blow,
Saying - "I will be the champion wherever I go."

Chorus

Verse 5

At the end of six rounds these champions did meet,
With their bodies sorely wounded, and their hearts full of grief;
Bold Robinson he fell, without a sign or a groan,
That moment he died, and the battle it was won.

Chorus

Verse 6

And now to conclude, when this Young Taylor had won,
A rich lady fell in love with him for what he had done;
And if ever he recovers a grand wedding there shall be,
But young Taylor he died at the end of days three.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred; Ms / WGS: 'Not being particularly well read in the history of English sports I am unable to assign a date to the following though, perhaps some of our readers may recognise the circumstances related. It appears to be an old song; it has been sung around Cricklade for many years. Copy of Jasper Price, South Cerney.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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