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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleCarrion crow and the tailor
Roud No.891
Collected FromUnknown
LocationBishopstone
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 393
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 16th October, 1915, p 2, Part 3, No. 9: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 227: Williams, A: Round about the upper Thames, Duckworth, 1922, p 300
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

An old carrion crow was sitting on an oak,
Watching a tailor cutting out his cloak.

Refrain

Rogue go back!
The carrion crow cried 'Pork'.

Verse 2

The carrion crow he began for to rave,
And he called the tailor a lousy knave.

Refrain

Verse 3

Said the tailor, 'Go and fetch me my quiver and my bow,
That I may shoot the old carrion crow'.

Refrain

Verse 4

So the tailor fired and missed his mark,
And shot the old sow right through the heart.

Refrain

Verse 5

Then he said, 'Go, fetch me some treacle in a spoon,
For our old sow's in a d—n poor tune'.

Refrain

Verse 6

Now our old sow's dead I don't care a louse,
For we shall have black puddings, chitlings and souse.

Refrain
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A very ancient piece, dating at least from the age of Shakespeare. Obtained of Elijah Iles, Inglesham. Heard also at Bishopstone, Wiltshire.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'This is said to date from the age of Shakespeare. Obtained of Elijah Iles, Inglesham. Heard also at Bishopstone, Wiltshire.'

Note 2

In verse 5, line 2, d—n is a substitute for damn, a swear word at this time.

Note 3

There is a brief reference to this song in Williams, Alfred: Round about the upper Thames, Duckworth, 1922, p 300.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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