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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleDick Turpin and the lawyer
Roud No.621
Collected FromHarvey, Henry [Wassail]
LocationCricklade
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 368
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 18th March, 1916, p 3, Part 23, No. 1: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 99
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Dick Turpin, hero, is my name,
I brought myself to grief and shame;
'Twas my light fingers and nimble hands,
That caused me to leave my native land.

Chorus

Hurrah, Turpin! Turpin, hero!
I am the valiant Turpin bold.

Verse 2

Turpin being so bold and cute,
To hide his money all in his boot,
"And I," said the lawyer, "and I'll hide mine;
I'll stitch in the lappet of my coat behind."

Chorus

Verse 3

As Turpin was riding to the top of the hill,
There he bid the lawyer for to stand still,
Saying - "The lappet of your coat, sir, it must come off,
For my Black Bess wants a new saddle cloth."

Chorus

Verse 4

Oh, now poor Dick is grabbed at last,
And for the game cock he's tried and cast -
"Here's a hundred pound, at the day I die,
Will I leave Jack Ketch for a legacy."

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'We have here three songs [Dick Turpin, Turpin and the lawyer, Dick Turpin's ride] dealing with the famous highway man. The first two are versions of one original; the third is independent, and distinct from them. It is also more modern. Just how it is I cannot say; it was sung at Aston, near Bampton, nearly sixty years ago, I am told. First copy obtained of the late Wassail Harvey, Cricklade.'

Note 2

In Verse 3 Line 1 the original text read:

As Turpin was riding at the foot of the hill,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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