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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleOld woman of Hyslop Town
Roud No.183
Collected FromKeen, George
LocationStratton St Margaret
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 417
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 26th February, 1916, p 3, Part 20, No. 3
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

There was an old woman of Hyslop Town,
The truth to you I'll tell,
She loved her husband dearly,
But another twice as well.


With my iddi fol-i-dol,
Iddi fol-i-dee.

Verse 2

Then she went to the doctor's,
All for to ease her mind,
For him to put her in the way,
To make her husband blind.


Verse 3

You get a store of cake and wine,
And brandy that is good,
And give it to the old man,
To nourish up his blood.


Verse 4

You get a store of marrowbones,
And beat them very small,
And then he will go stark blind,
And will not see at all.


Verse 5

As they were walking hand in hand,
Down by the river's brim,
All the old woman's intention was,
To push the old man in.


Verse 6

The old woman ran with vengeance,
To push her husband in,
The old man stepped his foot aside,
And she went tumbling in.


Verse 7

She how she roused and toused about,
And aloud for help did call,
The old man says - "I am stark blind,
And I cannot see at all."


Verse 8

Then he being tender hearted,
For fear that she would swim,
Went straight and got a long pole,
And pushed her further in.


Verse 9

Then the old man he went grumping home,
So happy in his mind -
"Ha, Ha!" says he, "I'm heartily glad,
I've left the old woman behind."
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'I have no less than four versions of this song. Below are two [this plus Johnny Sands], which I expect will be sufficient for the average reader. They are 'satirical', and though not the best of pieces, appear to have been popular. As a rule such songs were brought in for the want of something better; or the singer fitted his piece to the mood of his audience, and introduced a variety to create 'diversion'. Obtained of George Keen, Kingsdown, near Stratton St Margaret.'

Note 2

In Verse 4 Line 2 the original text read:

And make him suck them all,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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