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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleOld grey man
Roud No.362
Collected FromRussell, Mrs.
LocationCrudwell
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 161
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 23rd October, 1915, p 2, Part 4, No. 5: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 73.
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

An old grey man came courting me -
Ha! Ha! Ha! But I won't have him.
He came courting me once, he came courting me twice,
With his old grey beard, but I won't have him.

Verse 2

My mother she bid me hand him some bread -
Ha! Ha! Ha! But I won't have him.
I handed him some bread, and he asked me to wed,
With his old grey beard, but I won't have him.

Verse 3

My mother bid me hand him some wine -
Ha! Ha! Ha! But I won't have him.
I handed him some wine, and he drank like a swine,
With his old grey beard, but I won't have him.

Verse 4

My mother she bid me hand him a chair -
Ha! Ha! Ha! But I won't have him.
I handed him a chair, he sat down like a bear,
With his old grey beard, but I won't have him.

Verse 5

My mother bid me hand him a stool -
Ha! Ha! Ha! But I won't have him.
I handed him a stool, and he sat down like a fool,
With his old grey beard, but I won't have him.

Verse 6

My mother bid me hand him some cake -
Ha! Ha! Ha! But I won't have him.
I handed him some cake, and it made his tooth ache,
With his old grey beard, but I won't have him.

Verse 7

My mother she bid me hand him to church -
Ha! Ha! Ha! But I won't have him.
I handed him to church, but I left him in the lurch,
With his old grey beard, but I won't have him.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Obtained of Mrs Russell, Tetbury, late of Crudwell. A very old song. There is another version extant, with considerable variation, though this is evidently the more simple and original.'

Note 2

Although Williams refers to another version, it is not to be found under this title in the collection.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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