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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleCarpenter's boy
Roud No.971
Collected FromPillinger, John
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 103
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 11th March, 1916, p 3, Part 22, No. 13
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's of a carpenter's boy coming home from his work,
He hailed a most beautiful maid;
"O Betsy, love," said he, "Come sit down by me,
I'll tell you what I dreamed of last night."

Verse 2

"Your dreams are more than is fated, I know."
"I dreamt, love, I was lying by your side,
And now I am going to fetch up the cows,
Which are down in the meadows below."

Verse 3

They both went together to fetch up the cows,
Which were down in the meadows so green;
And what they said there, I'll leave you to guess,
He told her the contents of his dream.

Verse 4

He says - "My dearest Betsy, yonder is a church across these fields,
Not scarcely now half a mile it seems;
This couple they got married, and so happy they may be;
They often tell the tale of their dreams.
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Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A very simple ditty. Words of John Pillinger, formerly of Lechlade.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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