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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBroom dasher
Roud No.379
Collected FromRussell, James
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleGreen broom
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 93
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Jack took a road he knew very well,
He came to a castle so, so high,
He halloed and bawled, so loudly he called -
'Pretty maids, do you want any broom, green broom?
Pretty maids do you want any broom?'

Verse 2

The lady being high and hearing Jack cry
Called in that young lad with his broom
Said she - 'My young blade, will you leave off your trade,
And marry a lady in bloom, in bloom,
And marry a lady in bloom.'

Verse 3

Now they live at their ease and kiss when they please,
But there's noting like showing green broom, green broom,
But there's nothing like showing green broom, green, broom.

Verse 4

Jack he arose [etc]
Though low and he strives
And sharpens his knives
And cut him a bundle of broom.
Print Song Lyrics
It is obvious that these are but fragments. In the notes to 'Green broom' Wt 422 Alfred Williams notes 'This I have heard in many quarters and many versions, though none of the copies differed very considerably. The fourth verse I had not heard locally. I met with it recently at Hatherop, however, and am told that it is in the song as sung formerly at Culham, near Abingdon. Copy otherwise obtained of George Barrett, Marston Meysey.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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