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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleOf all the brave birds
Roud No.496
Collected FromIles, Elijah
LocationInglesham
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 130
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 22nd April, 1916, p 3, Part 28, No. 9: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 53
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Of all the brave birds I ever did see,
The owl is the fairest in every degree,
For all day long he sits on the tree,
And when the night comes away flies he.

Chorus

Cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg and cloves,
And who gave thee that jolly red nose?
Nose, nose, nose, nose;
And who gave thee that jolly red nose?

Verse 2

Tu whit, tu whoo. To whom drinkest thou?
The song is well sung,
I'll make thee a vow,
And he's a knave that drinketh now.

Chorus

Cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg and cloves,
They gave me that jolly red nose;
Nose, nose, nose, nose;
They gave me that jolly red nose.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: "I first heard this at Aston, afterwards at Inglesham, and finally obtained the complete words of Mrs M. Bond, Quenington. The piece is very old, and does not rank with the ordinary folk ballad."

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'I first heard this at Aston, afterwards at Inglesham, and finally obtained the complete words of Mrs Bond, Quenington. The piece is very old.'

Note 2

The WGS text for Verse 2 is:

Tu whit, tu whoo.
To whom drink'st thou?
The song is well sung,
I'll make thee a vow,
And he is a knave who drinketh now.

Note 3

I have ascribed this to Elijah Iles on the grounds of the above notes and that he is Williams' only known source in the village.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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