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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBugle played for me
Roud No.469
Collected FromSparrow, Ann Mrs.
LocationCrudwell
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 374
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 27th November, 1915, p 2, Part 9, No. 12: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 48
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

My grandmother died and left me fifty pound,
I bought me a house and a little bit of ground;
I sold my house and bought me a cow,
For how to get on, I could not tell how.
I sold my cow and I bought me a calf,
Now I believe in my heart I lost half.

Chorus

Jack stock sliddle uck, fatty fiddle uck,
Ban to the broom,
Pick and hack, Jimmy Prack, ti mi diddle,
Ti mi diddle tum tay,
Hang the day that the bugle played for me.

Verse 2

So I sold my calf and bought me a mouse,
On purpose to have a pretty thing to run about my house,
In came a neighbour's cat and stole away my mouse,
I flung a fire stick at his tail, which burned down my house,
So played I till I played it all away.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'Communicated by Mrs Sparrow, Crudwell, Wiltshire. The piece is extremely old, and a specimen of the pure folk song.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS / FSUT: 'Communicated by Mrs Sparrow, Crudwell, Wiltshire. The piece is extremely old, and a good specimen of the pure folk song.'

Note 2

In the chorus Line 4 the original text was:

Hang the day as the bugle played for me.

Note 3

Attached to Williams' fair copy there is a sheet in another hand, possibly that of Mrs Sparrow. The text of that is:

My grandmother died and left me 50 ,
I bought me a house and a little bit of ground;
I sould my house and bought me a cow,
For how to get on, I could not tell how.
I sould my cow and bought me a calf,
Now I believe in my heart I lost half.

Jack stock sliddle uck, fatty fiddle uck,
Ban to the broom,
Pick and hack, Jenny Prack, ti my diddle,
From ye diddle tom tum tay,
Hang the day as the bugle played for me.

I sold my calf and bought me a mouse,
On purpose to have a pretty thing to run about my house,
In came a neighbour's cat and stole away my mouse,
I flung a fire stick at his tail, which burned down my house,
So played I till I played it all away.

Chorus

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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