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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleCatch me if you can
Roud No.1028
Collected FromCole, Jonathan
LocationBrinkworth
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 329
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 22nd January, 1916, p 2, Part 15, No. 9
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Early, early in the spring,
The cuckoo and the nightingale so sweetly they did sing,
Down by the riverside a pretty girl I chanced to spy,
She was taking of fresh air,
She was taking of fresh air.

Verse 2

I said - "Pretty maid will you go along with me?
I will show you a nearer way across the countree.'
"Sir Tittle-tattle," she did say,
"I have a mind to go that way."
And he soon gained her favour,
And he soon gained her favour.

Verse 3

"Now you have the will of me,
Pray, tell me what your name may be."
"My name is Catch-me-if-you-can,
And marry me when I return.
I'm going for recreation,
I'm going for aggravation."

Verse 4

Then her parents set out, both horse and foot,
To catch this young man if they could;
They catched the rogue and bound him fast,
They took the young man in at last.
They robbed him of his leisure.
They robbed him of his pleasure.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'For the following old song I am indebted to Mr Jonathon Cole of Brinkworth, Wiltshire. The subject is that eternal and well laboured one of love in spring time. I have not heard the piece elsewhere.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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