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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBunch of nuts
Roud No.1261
Collected FromOckwell, Robert John
LocationSomerford Keynes
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 139
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 26th February, 1916, p 3, Part 20, No. 2: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 132, 133
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As Jack and his mistress were riding,
'Twas down by the greenwood side,
Says Jack - "If I meet with a pretty girl,
I'll kiss her twelve times tonight."

Chorus

Fol the rol lara, laddi o
Fol the rol lara, laddi o

Verse 2

"Five guineas to five shillings,
Unto thee I will freely lay,
As thou dost not kiss me twelve times
Before it is break of day."

Chorus

Verse 3

As this young couple went riding,
Together on their way,
Then Jack he kissed her twelve times,
Before it was break of day.

Chorus

Verse 4

Now one of them being faulty,
And not as good as the rest,
Unto him spoke Jack's mistress -
"The wager thou has lost."

Chorus

Verse 5

Says Jack unto his mistress -
"But that I'll have me right,
I'll have it proved by my master,
When he comes home at night."

Chorus

Verse 6

The master being come home,
At the table together set,
Says Jack unto his master -
"Last night we made a bet.

Chorus

Verse 7

As I and my mistress were riding,
Twas down by the greenwood tree,
Then off my horse I alighted,
And a bunch of nuts I spied.

Chorus

Verse 8

She bet me there were eleven,
I bet her there was a dozen,
I told them all into her cap,
And I told five and seven.'

Chorus

Verse 9

"Then if thee told five and seven, Jack,
And eleven of them were sound,
Then Jack, thee's won the wager,
If 'twas for a thousand pound."

Chorus

Verse 10

The mistress being close at hand,
Hearing of them say so,
She quickly put the money down,
And glad to get off so.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This quaint old piece I discovered at Somerford Keynes and, although I have made numerous enquiries, I have been unable to trace it elsewhere. The words I obtained of Mr John Ockwell, It was one of his father's favourite pieces. The old man was a fine singer and could beat all other local minstrels in the number and quality of his songs. He has been dead for some years now.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'This I discovered at Somerford Keynes and, although I have made numerous enquiries, I have been unable to trace it elsewhere. The words I obtained of Mr John Ockwell, It was one of his father's favourite pieces. The old man was a fine singer and could beat all other local minstrels in the number and quality of his songs. He has been dead for some years now.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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