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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBryan O'Lynn
Roud No.294
Collected FromPuffet, John
LocationLechlade
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 113
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 17th June, 1916, p 3, Part 33, No. 5: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 181, 182
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Bryan O'Lynn was a gentleman born,
He lived at a time when no clothes they were worn;
As fashions walked out of course Bryan walked in -
"I'll soon head the fashions," says Bryan O'Lynn.

Chorus

It'll do, it'll do, says Bryan O'Lynn,
Says, Bryan O'Lynn, says Bryan O'Lynn, it'll do.

Verse 2

Bryan O'Lynn had no breeches to wear,
So he cut up a sheep skin to make him a pair;
With the fleshy side out, and the woolly side in -
"They are pleasant and cool," says Bryan O'Lynn.

Chorus

Verse 3

Bryan O'Lynn had no shirt to his back,
So he went to his neighbours to borrow a sack;
He puckered a meal bag up under his chin -
"Oh, they'll take it for ruffles," says Bryan O'Lynn.

Chorus

Verse 4

Bryan O'Lynn was hard up for a coat,
So he borrowed a skin from a neighbouring goat;
With the horns sticking out from the shoulders within -
"They'll take them for pistols," says Bryan O'Lynn.

Chorus

Verse 5

Bryan O'Lynn had no watch to put on,
So he scooped out a turnip to make himself one;
Then he planted a cricket right under his skin -
"Oh they'll think it's a-ticking," says Bryan O'Lynn.

Chorus

Verse 6

Bryan O'Lynn went a courting one night,
And he set both his mother and sister to fight;
To fight for his hand they both stripped to the skin -
"Oh, I'll marry you both," says Bryan O'Lynn.

Chorus

Verse 7

Bryan, his wife and his wife's mother,
Were all coming over the bridge together;
But the bridge broke down and let them all in -
"Oh, we'll go home by boats," says Bryan O'Lynn.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'Bryan O'Lynn was a favourite along the Thames side from Malmesbury to Faringdon and in the neighbouring Cotswold villages as far as Aldsworth. Words supplied by John Puffet, Lechlade.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS / FSUT: 'Bryan O'Lynn was a favourite along the Thames side from Malmesbury to Faringdon and in the neighbouring Cotswold villages as far as Aldsworth. Words supplied by John Puffet, Lechlade. I am not certain as to its age.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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