If you are reading this page using a screenreader, we support ARIA landmarks for quick navigation too

Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

There were 1 items found.

Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIt's forty long miles I've travelled this day
Roud No.608
Collected FromSawyer, David [Phoebus]
LocationOgbourne St. Andrew
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
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
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.
Print Song Lyrics
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.



This website

Contact details

Contact Wiltshire Council

Write to us or call us

Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN