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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleI am a pretty wench
Roud No.1256
Collected FromSawyer, David [Phoebus]
LocationOgbourne St. Andrew
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 449
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 22nd April, 1916, p 3, Part 28, No. 3: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 122, 123
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I am a pretty wench,
And I came a long way hence,
But for sweethearts I can get none, none, none;
But for sweethearts I can get none.

Verse 2

If it had not been for one.
I should have married, long and gone,
To a weaver that weaves all at his loom, loom, loom;
To a weaver that weaves all at his loom.

Verse 3

I couldn't have a weaver,
To be my own deceiver,
While the carter he came smiling in my face, face, face;
While the carter he came smiling in my face.

Verse 4

The carter dresses fine,
He drinks strong beer, ale and wine,
And smokes tobacco, as you may suppose, suppose, suppose;
And smokes tobacco, as you may suppose.

Verse 5

If the carter I can't have,
I'll go single to my grave,
For I dream of him when I am asleep, asleep, asleep;
For I dream of him when I am asleep.

Verse 6

The carter is the lad,
He's so beautifully clad,
And his breath smells sweet as the rose, rose, rose;
And his breath smells as sweet as the rose.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Words of David Sawyer. I have not heard the piece elsewhere.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'Words of David Sawyer.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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