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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIf Pretty Maidens Could Sing Like Blackbirds and Thrushes
Roud No.329
Collected FromHarvey, Henry [Wassail]
LocationCricklade
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 357
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 4th September, 1915, p 2, Part 10, Nol. 3: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 224
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

If pretty maids could sing like blackbirds and thrushes,
Oh, then the young men would soon beat the bushes.

Chorus

Sing fol the riddle rol,
Right fol the day.

Verse 2

If pretty maids could swim like ducks on the water,
Oh, then young men would soon paddle after.

Chorus

Verse 3

If pretty maids could run like deer on the mountain,
Oh, then young men would soon go a-hunting.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'Obtained of the late Wassail Harvey, of Cricklade.'

Note 2

The more usual sung form of this song has two repeats of the first line of each verse.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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