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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIt's forty long miles I've travelled this day
Roud No.608
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 452
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 18th March, 1916, p 3, Part 23, No. 11
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's forty long miles I've travelled this day,
And I saw a small cot by the way,
I never had seen before,
I never had seen before.

Verse 2

Then I stepped up and knocked at the door,
And a sweet pretty maid stepped over the floor,
And aloud she cried - "Who's there?"
And aloud she cried - "Who's there?"

Verse 3

"Why, it rains and it blows, it hails and it snows,
And I shall be wet through all my clothes,
I pray love, let me in!
I pray love, let me in!

Verse 4

"My daddy and mammy are fast asleep,
And my brother's away keeping his sheep,
So I dare not let you in,
So I dare not let you in."

Verse 5

I turned my back round to go,
Some kind affection she did show,
She called me back again,
She called me back again.

Verse 6

Then she came out and let me in,
And I kissed her rosy cheeks and chin,
And I kissed them over again,
And I kissed them over again.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'An old favourite, versions of which have been obtained with variations, necessarily - in several parts of England, North and South. First copy obtained of David Sawyer, Ogbourne, Wiltshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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