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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleDown in the lowlands
Roud No.129
Collected FromIles, Elijah
LocationInglesham
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 396
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 19th August, 1916, p 3, Part 42, No. 5: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 182, 183
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Down in the lowlands there grew a tree,
As fine a tree as you ever did see;
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 2

And on that tree there was a branch,
As fine a branch as ever you did see;
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 3

And on that branch there was a nest,
As fine a nest as ever you did see;
The nest was on the branch,
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 4

And in that nest there was an egg,
As fine an egg as ever you did see;
The egg was in the nest,
The nest was on the branch,
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 5

And in that egg there was a yolk,
As fine a yolk as ever you did see;
The yolk was in the egg,
The egg was in the nest,
The nest was on the branch,
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 6

And in that yolk there was a bird,
As fine a bird as ever you did see;
The bird was in the yolk,
The yolk was in the egg,
The egg was in the nest,
The nest was on the branch,
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 7

And on that bird there was a wing,
As fine a wing as ever you did see;
The wing was on the bird,
The bird was in the yolk,
The yolk was in the egg,
The egg was in the nest,
The nest was on the branch,
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 8

And on that wing there was a feather,
As fine a feather as ever you did see;
The feather was on the wing,
The wing was on the bird,
The bird was in the yolk,
The yolk was in the egg,
The egg was in the nest,
The nest was on the branch,
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.

Verse 8

And on that feather there was some down,
As fine a down as ever you did see;
The song was of the down,
The down was on the feather,
The feather was on the wing,
The wing was on the bird,
The bird was in the yolk,
The yolk was in the egg,
The egg was in the nest,
The nest was on the branch,
The branch was on the tree,
The tree was in the wood,
And the wood it was down in the lowlands low.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'An old and once popular song, that is to be met with in several forms, though I think the following is among the earliest versions. Words of Elijah Iles, Inglesham.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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