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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMy father was twice married
Roud No.23619
Collected FromCole, Jonathan
LocationBrinkworth
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 332
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th July, 1916, p 3, No. 7
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

My father was twice married, and a wife he left at home
And to me she proved cruel, and she did me disown.
But if my father had been a honest man, and learned me some trade,
I never should have listed, nor worn the cockade:
But 'tis after I was listed, and that bargain was made,
The ribbons they were brought and pinned to my cockade.
 
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Notes
Note 1

There is a note in the file stating that the text was missing, September 1990. The first line is recovered from the Roud database. The Bathe Clissold Index refers to an old manuscript number 661.

Note 2

Williams, Alfred: WGS: Fragment found at Brinkworth, Wiltshire.

Note 3

The text after the first line is taken from the WGS version.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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